Cambridgeshire offenders on Community Payback orders have played an important role in helping to combat flooding.
Two teams consisting of approximately 10 men in each, have already filled more than 2000 sandbags at the Cambridgeshire County Council Highways Depot in March.
Now the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Probation Trust (CPPT), which manages the unpaid work programmes, is contacting the Environment Agency and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Local Resilience Forum, offering the help of their work teams.
Local Highways Officer Brian Murdoch praised the speed with which the teams filled in sandbags to help prevent flooding.
“One team out-did themselves and literally filled all of the sandbags our contractors had in store. The guys worked really hard and did about 10 pallet loads. We are very grateful and have thanked them and the supervisor,” he said. The CPPT Community Payback team are now prioritising this work over their other programmes following another plea from the local highways inspector for more help to replenish stock.