Thugs convicted of horror crimes told to knit and build bird boxes as punishment

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Convicted criminals have been allowed to knit and build bird boxes as a punishment while at home amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Thugs who have been found guilty of attacking partners and police officers have been ordered to carry out unpaid work.

This also includes those who have hoarded child abuse images – they are now being told to complete work at home as part of Community Payback Orders.

The changes come as work has been suspended due to the pandemic in Scotland, reports Daily Record.

Those convicted of crimes against key workers are being allowed to do their unpaid work at home in council areas including Renfrewshire and North Ayrshire.

Completing online courses and phone calls with counsellors and employability mentors are also being counted towards unpaid work.

Scottish Labour justice spokesperson Rhoda Grant said it was important punishments are “in line with – and proportionate to – the crime committed”.

A spokesman for Renfrewshire Council said: “Service users are issued with craft and joinery packs, with the completed products provided to local charities.”

A Scottish Government spokesman added: “Scotland’s approach to evidence-based reform of sentencing and offender management has helped reduce reoffending rates to their lowest on record, contributing to less crime, fewer victims and a safer Scotland.”

Earlier it was reported infamous sex criminals like notorious pop pervert Gary Glitter are being offered a Covid vaccine in prison while other key workers were forced to wait, it has been reported.

The disgraced glam rocker, 76, falls under the government's "high-risk" category for contracting coronavirus and it is understood such prisoners are being offered the jab at HMP The Verne in Dorset – where he is carrying out his sentence.

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Twisted Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, was caged for 16 years in 2015 for sexually abusing three young girls.

A source told the Sun: "You have some prisons where there’s a significant group of elderly sex offenders all in their 70s and 80s.

“Because of their age, they will get the vaccine first.

“But if you’re a prison officer looking after Glitter and you haven’t had the jab, you’re not going to be happy.”

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