Leeds & West Yorkshire

Bike scheme for young offenders in Leeds

Young offenders in Leeds have been repairing old and damaged bicycles in a project run by the city council.

The bicycles, some of which have been stolen and recovered, are then sold to raise money for the children's charity Martin House.

The project is run by the council's youth offending service. It is paid for by money from West Yorkshire Police's proceeds of crime fund.

More than 30 young offenders have now taken part in the scheme.

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member for children's services, said: "Working with young offenders in this way allows them to start making amends for their crimes.

"It is especially fitting that this project has been made possible thanks to the ill-gotten gains of criminal behaviour."

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