OFFENDERS will be paying their debt to society by helping to clean up Halton.
The council and The Probation Service will join forces to organise the first of many “Community Action Days” next Tuesday when offenders will perform clean-up work and carry out environmental improvements.
The session will take place at West Bank, Widnes, when a group of offenders will be supervised by probation staff as they pay their penalty with hard graft.
Cllr Phil Harris (environment) said the scheme was an effective way of punishing offenders.
He said: “The whole community can suffer from anti-social behaviour and crimes against the environment.
“This partnership with the Probation Service is aiming to ensure that offenders give something back to the community as part of their punishment.
“Our aim is for the teams of workers to leave a visible local environmental improvement in the communities in which they serve.”