Convicts spruce up museum’s railings

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CRIMINALS working under a community payback scheme have revamped a museum’s fence.

Portsmouth City Museum in Museum Road now has 250m of fence and railings back in top condition.

Convicts spent more than 1,000 hours working on the intricate gold leaf around the entrance gates and painting the tips of the railings.

Jane Singh, visitor services and development manager, said: ‘We’re delighted with the newly-painted railings and the work carried out by offenders.’

She added: ‘It has been a professional job and has saved the museum vast sums of money which now can be spent on additional items for the museum.

‘Many visitors to the museum have also commented on the fantastic work.’

The work was supervised by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company.

Placements manager Jeff Harris said: ‘This has been an ideal project for offenders as they have been able to see the progress they were making.’