CITY criminals who've had had a brush with the law have been getting to grips with a brush of a different kind - painting at an Inverness beauty spot as part of their payback.
Offenders have been cleaning and painting railings along the banks of the River Ness as part of works organised by the Criminal Justice Service.
The works include scraping, sanding, undercoating and painting railings along the east and west sides of the river from Ness Bridge to Ness Islands and Bught Park.
Councillor Drew Millar, chair of the Highland Council’s education, children and adult services committee said: “This constructive use of community payback not only provides visual benefit and positive improvements to the local community but it helps to increase offenders’ skills base and reduce their chances of re-offending.”
Provost Helen Carmichael added: “The council’s criminal justice team in the care and learning service are working with community services and local ward managers to facilitate these excellent works that would otherwise not have taken place as they are out with the scope of the council’s maintenance programmes.
“Because of the clear community benefit of this project, the Inverness Common Good Fund is supporting the works with £2,000 funding for materials including brushes, paints and safety equipment.”