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Offenders clean park ahead of royal visit

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Offenders are helping spruce up a Lancashire country park ahead of a visit there by Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Supervised by Lancashire Probation, the team of offenders on community payback cleared the athletics track, removed litter, scrubbed away graffiti and installed benches at Blackburn’s Witton Country Park before the royal visit - one of the couple’s last official engagements before they get married on 29 April.

Geri Byrne-Thompson, Assistant Chief Executive at Lancashire Probation Trust, said:

‘Community Payback provides rigorous and demanding work to ensure offenders pay back to their communities for the crimes they have committed.

‘We were delighted to be helping with preparations for the Royal visit to Blackburn with Darwen, and at the same time improving and tidying Witton Park for the benefit of everyone.’