Grimebusting machine will help keep North Devon streets clean

A grimebusting machine which offenders will use to clean graffiti from the streets of North Devon was being unveiled in Bideford this morning (Thursday). The machine has been acquired by the Devon and Cornwall Probation Trust, which supervises offenders

A grimebusting machine which offenders will use to clean graffiti from the streets of North Devon was being unveiled in Bideford this morning (Thursday).

The machine has been acquired by the Devon and Cornwall Probation Trust, which supervises offenders doing unpaid work in the community, working in partnership with the police, local councils and the Safer North Devon organisation.

Partnernship manager Simon Perkins said: "Members of the public will be able to contact their local council if they think the grimebusting machine can help sweep up their neighbourhood."

Geraldine Ford, Unpaid Work manager for the probation service in North Devon said offenders would work in small teams so that people would see them giving something positive back to their communities."


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Brian Holme, head of community and leisure services at North Devon Council, said: "We welcome the launch of the graffiti project and look forward to working with partner agencies to remove graffiti in all identified areas within the council's towns and parishes.

Torridge District Councillor Adam Symons said: "This is a real win-win situation. The Grimebusting Parttnership helps clean up local neighbourhoods while making sure that offenders are giving something back to the community.

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"The new machine should help us to keep Torridge's streets clean and build on the brilliant work of Torridge's Green Team who work with residents to keep streets tidy."

Anyone who knows of a clean-up project which would benefit their community, should contact the North Devon Community Payback Team on (01271) 321681.

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