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Offenders join fight to tackle plastic across Kent, Surrey and Sussex

23 July 2018

Offenders serving community sentences across Kent, Surrey and Sussex took part in a day of action this week to clear rubbish from eight of the regionís beauty spots.

Around 80 offenders worked throughout Thursday 19 July on the initiative, coordinated and supervised by Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company (KSS CRC), the agency responsible for managing low and medium risk offenders in the region.

With more than 40 per cent of people saying they are “very concerned” about the impact of plastic and other non-disposable products, it’s part of KSS CRC’s efforts to ensure unpaid work projects respond to issues of local and national concern[1]. It’s hoped that the day of action will help get school holidays in the region off to a cleaner, greener start.

In the past year, people doing unpaid work in Kent, Surrey and Sussex have painted and decorated hospices, refurbished disabled children’s schools and rejuvenated overgrown parks and alleyways. A grand total of 395,000 hours of service to the community was delivered by our clients to good causes across Kent, Surrey and Sussex, with a value of at least £2.9m in labour.

KSS CRC head of community payback, Emma Vecchiolla, said:

“This region-wide initiative saw community payback teams cleaning up our beaches and parks to get the school holidays off to a cleaner, greener start.

“It’s vital that our projects are linked closely to community need, which is why in the past year our teams have decorated hospices, renovated respite homes for disabled children and refurbished churches and other centres of worship across the three counties. We want our projects to benefit as many people as possible and would urge people who might know community group that is short on resources to get in touch with us via our website.”


Notes to editors

Locations for the day of action were:


Ashford - Beach front car park and beach litter-picking

Ramsgate - King George VI Memorial Park litter-picking

Shoreham - Fly tipping removal

Sittingbourne – Leysdown and Minster beaches


Redhill - Marble Way Shopping area and Longfield Woods


Crawley - Partridge Green Village and civic burial ground environmental work including litter pick

Littlehampton - Bognor Regis sea front and beach litter pick

Hastings – Thomas Brassey wood fly tipping removal and litter pick


About community payback


If someone is convicted of a crime in a court, they may have to do unpaid work in the local community. This can be between 40 and 300 hours of unpaid work, depending on the seriousness of the crime or the person’s record. It’s called community payback and it’s a way for someone to make amends with their community for the harm they have caused.  KSS CRC supervises unpaid workers who must work at least seven hours - or one full day - per week, either as part of a group or on a single placement. The work might involve building and maintenance, painting and decorating or litter-picking and graffiti removal.


Kent Surrey & Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company Ltd (KSS CRC) works to reduce reoffending and in so doing, improve people’s lives – potential victims as well as perpetrators of crime. We work with people who have been sentenced by a court to either custody or community supervision and who are classed as low to medium risk.

KSS CRC is part of the Seetec Group, a private limited company.  While the KSS CRC is a separate business in its own right, the management function within Seetec’s Justice Division takes an active role in working with the KSS CRC to deliver probation services in Kent, Surrey and Sussex. For further information, please see http://ksscrc.co.uk

The public sector National Probation Service works with high risk offenders.

KSS CRC’s ownership transferred from the Ministry of Justice to privately-owned Seetec Group on 1 February 2015 as part of the Government’s probation reforms in England and Wales.

For media and press enquiries, please contact our press office, email  or call 0777 92 51 711

[1] https://www.ipsos.com/ipsos-mori/en-uk/public-concern-about-plastic-and-packaging-waste-not-backed-willingness-act

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