Locked up for lunch

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PENSIONERS were banged up and left singing for their supper.

Residents in Bickershaw were invited to a day in the cells as they had their Christmas meal at Hindley Prison.

Members of the Community Payback team, who are studying to gain qualifications in catering, cooked a festive treat for the guests.

Derek Hirst, principal officer, said: “The link with the establishment and the local community is due to our reducing reoffending pathways, one of which identifies ways to embrace the community. We were asked originally to provide young people to serve the meals at a local club, but we were able to provide the meal and venue for the event

“The young people enjoyed the Christmas lunch, giving something back to the local community.”