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Young offenders clear up station

Youths convicted of crimes have been cleaning up graffiti at a Leeds railway station to make up for their offences.

The group of five have been clearing up vandalism at Burley Park railway station and in the Kirkstall area.

Their work is part of a scheme by Network Rail and Leeds Youth Offending Service to educate youngsters about the dangers of misusing the railways.

Network Rail said Leeds was a hotspot in Yorkshire for railway crime involving young people.

Leeds MP Greg Mulholland said: "Graffiti has a very negative effect on the community so it is great to see Network Rail and Leeds Youth Offending Service working together to tackle this problem.

"I think the scheme will really help these young people to realise the effect of their previous actions and educate them to be more responsible in the future."

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