Offenders clean up war memorials as part of Mayor's commitment to 'visible justice'

PUBLISHED: 09:57 06 November 2014 | UPDATED: 09:57 06 November 2014

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Offenders on community payback schemes are helping to restore and repair memorials in the capital.

This is part of the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson’s, ongoing drive to increase visible justice for victims of crime.

More than 1.3 million hours of community payback were carried out in London last year with offenders undertaking between 40 and 300 hours of unpaid work, including clearing wasteland and removing graffiti, in order to pay back the community for the crimes they have committed.

In Waltham Forest community payback offenders have cleaned five First World War memorials in the borough.

The Mayor is encouraging other boroughs to do the same and have those sentenced to community payback clean up war memorials in their area.

The Deputy Mayor for policing and crime, Stephen Greenhalgh, said: “Our aim is to make justice in the community more visible and purposeful.

“As we approach Armistice Day in this, the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, it is right that we are making offenders repay their local community by restoring areas of remembrance in commemoration of those who gave their lives for our country.”

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