Offenders help spruce up church in Baffins

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OFFENDERS from Portsmouth have been sprucing up the outside of a church in Baffins as part of their community payback.

The group, supervised by Hampshire Probation Trust, has been repairing and repainting the railings outside St Cuthbert’s Church as part of its community payback hours.

The Rev Canon David Power, vicar of St Cuthbert’s, said: ‘We were delighted to welcome the team here.

‘They did a superb job and the restored railings really do enhance our church building and the surrounding area.

‘We thank all those involved.’

Offenders who have been sentenced to carry out community payback can be ordered to work between 40 and 300 hours by magistrates or a judge.

It is a compulsory requirement that they must comply with or face enforcement action.

Eddie Pervin, community payback placement manager, said: ‘This has been an excellent project for the offenders who have been sentenced by the courts to do unpaid work.’