Criminals try to mend their ways

PUBLISHED: 13:00 07 June 2014

Headteacher Harry Cadwallader Banwell Primary School new community payback painted wall.

Headteacher Harry Cadwallader Banwell Primary School new community payback painted wall.

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CRIMINALS who were sentenced to carry out community service as part of their punishment have transformed a North Somerset school.

Community Payback groups have been working in Banwell Primary School for several months, improving facilities for children and staff.

The school in West Street has been supporting groups of offenders who have been sentenced to unpaid work hours by providing tasks in the school during weekends.

It is hoped the work will provide crucial rehabilitation by encouraging offenders to learn skills.

The Community Payback project is overseen by the Avon and Somerset Probation Trust.

Team manager Denise Day said: “It is important offenders who are sentenced to unpaid work hours are provided with work that is of direct benefit to local communities.

“When schools like Banwell offer this opportunity, it allows for those offenders to learn employment and life skills.”

Work so far has included painting the main school building, the playground walls and the bike shed.

The metal fencing in front of the main building has also been repaired and repainted.

The decorating has continued in the old hall, walls and woodwork painted. Ivy and vegetation have also been removed from the boundary walls.

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