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The Princess Royal, Princess Anne visits Wakefield

The Princess Royal meets West Yorkshire Probation Trust Board Chair, Stan Hardy, on her arrival in Wakefield.

The Princess Royal meets West Yorkshire Probation Trust Board Chair, Stan Hardy, on her arrival in Wakefield.

Award-winning probation workers received a royal seal of approval this week.

Her Royal Highness Princess Anne visited West Yorkshire Probation Trust on Tuesday to celebrate its success in winning three prestigious Butler awards championing excellence in the justice system.

The Probation Trust, which has enjoyed unprecedented success, also won an award and two commendations in 2013.

Princess Anne is the patron of the Butler Trust, which promotes good work in the prison, probation and youth justice. She was keen to visit probation head office in Sandy Walk to meet the winners and the commended.

Princess Anne met West Yorkshire Probation Trust chief executive Sue Hall, who introduced her to the Butler Trust award winners.

These included staff praised for innovative work in supporting sex offenders in the community and those working on post-sentence assessment, which looks at sentencing and rehabilitating offenders.

The Princess Royal also met the man behind a scheme which has radically cut burglaries and an ex-offender who now supports offenders through art classes. He also supports others as a voluntary mentor.

The royal visitor also greeted people who were commended for a restorative justice project and for an initiative which helps prisoners before and after release.

The initiative was so successful that it was extended across West Yorkshire.

Sue Hall said: “We were delighted to welcome her royal highness to West Yorkshire to meet all our Butler Trust Award winners.

“West Yorkshire Probation Trust has been extremely successful at achieving its aims of reducing reoffending and protecting public.

The innovation and excellence of our staff, which these award wins demonstrates, has been crucial in the trust’s wonderful success.”

 

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