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Voters select offender punishment
Removing graffiti is among the projects callers can vote for
Residents in parts of the South have been voting for areas they want to see cleaned up by offenders doing community service punishment.

A free "clean up" hotline, set up by the National Probation Service (NPS), allows callers to select from 10 areas in Southampton, Poole and Bournemouth.

One project will win in Southampton and one in the Poole and Bournemouth area.

In a recent survey, 85% of the public said they would like a say in the work carried out by offenders, the NPS says.

A spokesperson for the NPS said offenders complete more than 5.5 million hours of compulsory unpaid work across England and Wales every year.

"It allows them to 'pay back' for their crimes by making a real contribution to improving the lives of local communities," the spokesperson said.

Callers have until 25 February to vote.

The five projects in Southampton are:

  • Removing rubbish from Itchen Valley Country park and building a fence to stop further dumping

  • Removing overgrown shrubbery from Townhill Way, West End

  • To tidy up The Lorsdale greenway in Southampton and to repair pathways and remove fly-tipping from nearby streams

  • Litter-picking and tidy up Shoreburs Pathway

  • Cutting back vegetation at Cutbush Lane to ensure children can use the path safely to get to school

    The five projects in Bournemouth and Poole are:

  • Removing graffiti and tidying up Townsend housing estate in Bournemouth

  • Clearing the foreshore on South Haven Close, Poole, of rubbish

  • Replanting communal flower beds at four tower blocks in Old Town, Poole

  • Undertaking groundwork and tidying up the churchyard of Wimborne Minster, Wimborne, near Bournemouth

  • Clearing the graveyard at St Andrew's church, Kinson, Bournemouth, of undergrowth and litter

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