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article imageDeputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg launches clean-up initiative

By Christopher Bates     Aug 15, 2011 in Politics
According to UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, a clean-up initiative has been launched for convicted looters who took part in last week's riots but aren't sent to jail.
Rioters will be forced to "look their victims in the eye" as they help rebuild the very communities they destructed.
The initiate aims to punish those responsible and prevent first-time offenders from repeating their actions.
Clegg said: "Victims of crime are only truly protected if punishment leads to criminals not committing crime again. Criminals must be punished and then made to change their ways.
"That's why those people who behaved so despicably last week should have to look their victims in the eye.
"They should have to see for themselves the consequences of their actions and they should be put to work cleaning up the damage and destruction they have caused so they don't do it again.
"We want people to be punished for their wrongdoing. We also want them to stop doing wrong. We want their future behaviour to change. We need punishment that sticks."
It has also been reported that Prime Minister David Cameron wants to enforce a non-military 'national service'.
The National Citizen Service initiative - which 30,000 teenagers have already signed up for next year - would be mandatory for all 16-year-olds, meaning they would take part in community work while mixing with people from diverse backgrounds.
Cameron said: "In response to the riots I will say this; this should become a great national effort. Let’s make National Citizen Service available to all 16-year-olds as a rite of passage."
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