Stoke-on-Trent boxer’s project helps offenders end life of crime

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Impact GymPolice and probation officers have turned to a Stoke-on-Trent boxer to help offenders turn their back on a life of crime.

Scott Lawton has agreed to stage two free classes a week at his gym in Fenton for drug offenders.

The aim is to give criminals something else to focus on in a bid to keep them out of police cells.

The classes have proved popular and Scott is planning more classes, including ones that focus on both fitness and nutrition.

Scott told StaffsLive: “There have been a lot of people asking about it and I think it’s going to become a big project.

“To be honest I never thought of putting on the more classes, but the lads and ladies taking part seem to have really taken to it and are asking for more.”

It is just one project from Staffordshire’s Intergrated Offender Management Unit, which aims to stop criminals returning to crime.

The group, made up of police officers and probation staff, also help them with housing and employment issues, which often force offenders to return to their old lives.

Mark Green, 38, from Stoke, is one person who has been helped by this project.

Mark said: “Boxing helps me get rid of my frustration instead of turning to crime and drugs.

“I still get the same sort of buzz out of this but it is much better for me.”

A probation officer attends every lesson and PC Simon Price, who’s a member of the IOM, has also been training with the offenders.

PC Price added: “As far as I’m aware none of the people who have come here haven’t reoffended in a while because they’re really into this.”

The project is 100% funded by assets taken by police during crime seizures, so cash is ploughed back into the community.

It’s hoped it will be expanded in the future to youths to keep teenagers out of trouble.

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