Exeter young offenders repair abandoned bikes

Young offenders in Devon are being taught how to repair bikes in a trial project.

The scheme, which is compulsory for the participants, is being run by Exeter Youth Offending Service.

Devon and Cornwall police are providing bikes, which have been found abandoned, for the young people to renovate.

Once the bikes are fixed they are sold on the auction website eBay in aid of the Children's Hospice South West.

David, who is taking part in the scheme, had previously been caught stealing a bike.

He said: "I would like to go into it as a career, it's good fun.

"If I got a job in bike maintenance it would keep me out of trouble because then I would have money."

Jason Burns, who has previously dealt with some of the young offenders, said: "We're giving them an opportunity to make amends but they're also learning skills at the same time."

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