Offenders brought in to carry out major clean up

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HIGHFIELDS is the latest area in Doncaster to be lined up for a three-week project focused on tackling crime and cleaning up the area.

Projects carried out in the area under the Neighbourhood Alliance scheme will include renovation and clean-up work carried out by teams of prisoners and offenders completing community payback.

There will also be daily litter and fly-tipping patrols and a number of operations designed to deal with anti-social behaviour.

The Great Northern Youth Centre in Woodlands will also be opening for longer and hosting more activities for young people during the period, running until July 1.

Neighbourhood Alliance has been visiting different areas across Doncaster for three weeks of intensive work, tackling local issues that residents say are a concern in their area. Issues which the scheme tried to tackle can range from antisocial behaviour and speeding, to fly tipping and littering.

Organisers of the scheme say it is all about the community having their say in what needs to be cleared up.

A number of agencies are involved in Neighbourhood Alliance including South Yorkshire Police, Doncaster Council, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, Doncaster NHS, St Leger Homes and other statutory and voluntary organisations.

They say they are committed to working together to reduce crime and disorder in Doncaster.

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