A police scheme designed to help stop prolific offenders from committing more crimes has received a runner-up prize.
The Herts Horizons programme was recognised at the Howard League Penal Reform Awards in London.
Since the project began the number of crimes committed by repeat offenders in the county has dropped by 27 per cent.
It sees offenders volunteer to help out with community tasks such as redeveloping a garden at a victim support house, tiling changing rooms and general decorating at Hemel Stags Rugby Club and taking part in fitness sessions at Hemel Hempstead Boxing Club.
Insp Lara Richards, from the offender management team, said: “Taking part in our projects is a step on the rehabilitative ladder. There are more formal approaches, which some of our clients are not ready for, but this helps to prepare people and it works.”