Criminals clean up after Towneley Live festival

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CRIMINALS wearing hi-visibility orange vests will be ordered to clean-up the mess left on Towneley Park after tomorrow’s music festival.

The unpaid cleaners, who will work along side the official clean-up team, will be offenders sentenced by the courts to carry out Community Payback.

Thousands of music fans are expected to attend Burnley’s first ever Towneley Live, featuring McFly, N-Dubz and The Saturdays, and organisers are expecting a huge clear up will be needed.

Lancashire Probation Trust practice manager Lorraine Slater said: “This is a huge event for Burnley and something that will attract people from throughout the county and beyond.

“As the organisers are expecting thousands of people to attend, there will be lots of litter and debris to clear up the next day. We offered to help with the clean up as it provides a really good opportunity to carry out work which will help the local community while allowing offenders to make amends for the crimes they have committed.”

Since April this year, offenders have carried out more than 5,000 hours of Community Payback in Burnley, estimated to be worth £29,650 to the economy if paid at minimum wage.