Offenders to clear Wakefield streets of ice and snow

Offenders clear snow as part of their community payback
Offenders clear snow as part of their community payback

OFFENDERS are on standby to clear the city’s icy streets this winter as part of their community punishment.

They will be drafted in to grit roads and salt pavements as the grip of winter sets in.

Offenders taking part in the West Yorkshire Probation Trust’s Community Payback teams will clear snowfall to prevent public areas becoming no-go zones.

And they will be redirected from other work to provide a rapid response for communities in urgent need of help. Offenders will also support Wakefield Council to help clear he roads.

Mandy Walker, head of Community Payback in Wakefield, said: “This is a great way for offenders to repay local communities for the crimes they have committed.

“Clearing snow is physically demanding and time-consuming work. Without it, roads, pavements and car parks can become unsafe. We are pleased to utilise the offenders’ Community Payback hours to help local people in this way, as and when the need arises.”

The Community Payback scheme is 40 years-old. It was originally known as Community Service and was introduced in October 1972 as a new sentencing option.