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Offenders clean up for probabtion initiative

By David Young, PA

Published 18/07/2015

Offenders are helping to revamp a community centre at a Belfast interface as part of a new Probation Board initiative.

The young men are undertaking a clean-up of the church-based City Life Centre, which straddles the lower Shankill and Fall Roads, and its grounds.

Pastor Jack McKee of New Life Church welcomed the project.

"The work by community service squads helps us ensure the church and centre is clean and tidy for those who use it," he said.

"We know people can change their lives. I hope that by being given this chance, those young men will become active citizens."

Eithne McIlroy, from the Probation Board, added: "The work is hard but those carrying it out know it benefits the community and they get a sense of fulfilment from that.

"We know that community service is one of the most successful sentences in preventing further reoffending. Our aim is to ensure they learn their lesson and turn their back on crime."

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