THE Devon and Cornwall Probation Trust has revealed more than 35,000 hours worth of unpaid work were handed out to criminals last year.
And of those 35,000 hours just more than 23,000, or 67 per cent, were completed.
The number of hours completed are lower for a variety of reasons, and can include an order being revoked for good behaviour. Some of the hours offenders were ordered to complete are also still being worked off.
Richard Wakley, manager for unpaid work in Cornwall and West Devon said: “Hundreds of projects were done as payback to communities throughout Devon and Cornwall in 2012.
“These included decorating community centres, coastal path and undergrowth clearance and graffiti removal.
“All these projects have benefited the local community. The work is challenging, demanding, worthwhile and constructive. The offenders can be seen putting something back into the community.”
And Geraldine Ford, the manager for unpaid work in North, East and South Devon said there are examples of offenders helping the community everywhere.
She said: “Barnstaple Sea Cadets are based in a prominent building on Rolle Quay, which was in need of refurbishment.
“One offender on a 160 hour unpaid work order worked for seven and a half hours every Saturday for more than six months to paint the building and provide general help.
“This visible robust and consistent work is of direct benefit to the local community in North Devon.”