OFFENDERS were put to work at Beecraigs this week constructing a BMX track and cycle path under the watchful eye of justice secretary Kenny MacAskill.
The Scottish minister visited Linlithgow’s country park on Monday to see the low-level offenders carry out manual labour under the Scottish Government’s Community Payback scheme. West Lothian Council was awarded £57,000 for the project.
Mr MacAskill said: “Punishment should be tough and we should be using these offenders as a resource to make improvements to local communities as payback for the damage they have done.
‘‘We’ve brought in new laws meaning that local communities can now have a say on the type of manual labour they want to see low-level offenders carrying out in their local areas.
“This is a fantastic initiative in West Lothian which will be of great benefit to the community, both young and old.
‘‘We want to see more of this type of work being replicated right across Scotland.”