BRITISH Waterways has joined forces with the Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation Trust to pilot a project to help clean up the borough’s canal network.

The Community Payback team will be working on a range of tasks over the next 12 months to improve canals in Dudley, Sandwell, Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton and Stafford, including painting locks, cutting back vegetation and removing litter.

Mary Coxall of Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation, said; “Community Payback is a tough punishment, but it also helps to rehabilitate offenders. This excellent partnership with British Waterways means SWM Probation can order offenders to do hard physical work out on the canal network, where they can see how their efforts make a difference to local people who use the waterways.”