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Offenders in Holylands clean-up

Offenders on community service took part in a major clean-up in Belfast’s Holylands area yesterday to clear away debris from the controversial St Patrick's Day street parties.

The Probation Board initiative saw the offenders help Belfast City Council staff clear residents’ gardens of litter and broken glass after last week’s traditional student revelries.

Probation Board area manager Stephen Hamilton explained: “Belfast City Council contacted us and we were delighted to be able to send a team to help remove rubbish and clean up parts of the area.

“Every year almost 1,000 offenders receive community service sentences in Northern Ireland, carrying out over 100,000 hours of unpaid work for the benefit of communities.

“Three out of four people who complete community service are not reconvicted in two years.”

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