A CLEAN-up operation is set to get under way on a South Tyneside estate this weekend.
People who have found themselves on the wrong side of the law will be heading to the Parkway estate in South Shields on Saturday.
They will be helping to clean up the area by carrying out a litter pick.
The work is being carried out as part of the Community Payback scheme which sees offenders carry out tasks to improve areas where they have crimes.
Coun Ernest Gibson for Whiteleas said: “Community Payback is a fantastic scheme which not only allows people who have been a victim of crime see offenders carry out their punishment which hopefully goes some way to letting them feel justice has been served, but also ensures those who have committed crimes carry out positive work within the community.”
Community Payback is a form of punishment handed out by the courts and offenders have to wear orange high-visibility jackets marked Community Payback.
The scheme is led by the Probation Service.
People can nominate what Community Payback work offenders do in their community. Projects can range from litter removal, clearing dense undergrowth, repairing and redecorating community centres, and removing graffiti.