Gravestones set for repair

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill today launched a new Aberdeen project which will see teams of low level offenders on community sentences being sent out to fix fallen cemetery headstones.

Under the initiative, gravestones will be repaired and fallen headstones will be returned to their original upright positions in a major clean-up operation by offenders who are being set to work in their communities to repay their debt to society.

The Community Payback project will take place at Trinity Cemetery and the work is being carried out at the request of the local community - something the Justice Secretary wants to see more of following new laws he brought in which now mean local communities can have a direct say on the type of work they want to see offenders doing.

The project is being taken forward as part of a near £500,000 funding package announced today by the Scottish Government.