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Royal meets farm-loving criminals

Princess Anne has been meeting with criminals who are transforming their lives by farming in Worcestershire.

The Princess Royal was in the county on Monday to visit community projects, including the Good Soil Project at Top Barn, near Worcester.

The project aims to move offenders away from crime by teaching them to farm.

Project co-Ordinator Rocky Hudson said: "If we just get someone to stop their criminality then it's a good thing for themselves and for the community."

Mr Hudson hoped that the visit would encourage more people to support the group

"The visit is recognition for the good work that the clients are doing and will also help us to attract sponsorship because we are short of equipment and funding," he said.

Princess Anne will also visit Worcester Citizens Advice Bureau. Her Royal Highness has been patron of the charity since 1990.

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