‘Payback’ by offenders

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OFFENDERS in the county have contributed more than 37,000 in community payback in the past six months.

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company (HIOW CRC), which is responsible for supervising offenders, delivered 37,224 hours in the past six months equating to more than £291,000 of work.

The range of tasks undertaken include removing graffiti, litter-picking and clearing parks and cemeteries.

Chief operating officer Stephen Czajewski said: ‘Community payback provides a tough, effective and visible punishment requiring people to undertake challenging work while giving something back to communities where they live.’