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left to right under shredder arm CPSO Gemma Nye, Supervisor Pat Humpage probation service, Trevor Coley Community Payback Wolverhampton, Rachel Blackman Centro. Loading the shredder is Steve Fletcher Travel Midland Metro.

Loxdale Metro stop has had a make over with a difference.  Over the past month and a half offenders made amends for their crimes by clearing the vegetation around the area.

Centro joined forces with Travel Midland Metro and Wolverhampton Community Payback after receiving requests from local residents asking if the vegetation could be removed.

Work started on 10th June 2010 and was completed on 30th July 2010.

Cllr Ken Rushen, lead member for rail and Metro operations, Centro said:

“This is an excellent piece of teamwork between Centro, National Express Midlands Metro and the Wolverhampton Community Payback scheme and the results look good.  It’s great news that this work has had a practical effect in improving the area for both residents and passengers and to see offenders putting something back into the community.”

Trevor Coley, Deputy Manager Netherton & Wolverhampton Community Payback commented:

“The offenders have worked really hard to make a difference in this area and have completed in excess of 200 hours of Community Payback.  Community Payback is a highly credible form of punishment for offenders; tough, challenging and highly visible to the public”

Sergeant Chris Casey, based at Wolverhampton BTP station on Railway Drive, said:

“We welcome the Community Payback scheme because not only is it a great way for offenders to do something worthwhile, it also has a productive outcome which benefits the community.

“While crime on the Metro is low, the work that has been done will give the stop a cleaner feel and help reduce fear of crime, making sure that passengers are not only safe, but feel safe.”

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