POLICE and probation officials are sifting through requests from Examiner readers to enlist offenders for manual labour.

In January we offered people the chance to suggest schemes that could be carried out by law-breakers.

It was part of the Community Payback scheme through which the public can nominate tasks for those given community orders in court.

Insp Tim Hollins, neighbourhood crime and justice co-ordinator for Kirklees, said there had been more than 30 requests, including graffiti-cleaning, painting jobs and clearing graveyards.

He said: “We had a really good response. It’s a case now of working through them all and determining which are feasible.”

Insp Hollins said it could be several months before the schemes would be carried out.