OFFENDERS have contributed tens of thousands of hours work in North Yorkshire.

Humberside Lincolnshire & North Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company, which is responsible for supervising offenders on Community Payback, delivered 88,144 hours in the past nine months.

With the national wage at £7.83, that equates to £690,167 of work delivered at projects including the Westway Open Arms centre in Scarborough, the management of Millennium Pond in Skelton-cum-Newby and East Thirsk Community Hall.

Those ordered to take on unpaid Community Payback work participate in a range of manual tasks, including removing graffiti, litter picking, clearing parks and cemeteries, renovating buildings and work in charity shops.