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Police Commissioner lends helping hand to Braunstone Spring Clean Up

Rupert Matthews helping out at the Community Pay Back Big Spring Clean

Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Police and Crime Commissioner Rupert Matthews teamed up with Community Payback service users for a giant litter pick in Braunstone.

The Big Spring Clean Up got underway at Raincliffe Allotments at Boynton Road in Braunstone at the weekend as part of a partnership with the Probation Service and the Community Payback team.

Donning protective gloves and safety boots, Mr Matthews joined staff and service users in cleaning the area of litter and improving feelings of safety for local people.

Community Payback is a scheme whereby offenders provide unpaid work to pay back the community for their crimes. Unpaid work could include removing graffiti, clearing wasteland and decorating public places and buildings.

Community Payback is an alternative to prison and helps offenders recognise the impact of their crimes on victims and the wider community.

Mr Matthews said: “As the saying goes, many hands make light work and it was wonderful to see the results of everybody’s hard work.

“I was proud to be part of the Braunstone Big Spring Clean Up and gain an insight into the huge value the Community Payback scheme brings to our neighbourhoods. Engaging service users in activities like this has positive rehabilitative benefits and can also help people develop essential life and employment skills that will stand them in good stead in the future. I am delighted to offer my support to the scheme.”

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Posted on Tuesday 29th March 2022
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