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Ex-con helping others like him

A ONE-time criminal is helping to steer other offenders onto the straight-and-narrow.

A ONE-time criminal is helping to steer other offenders onto the straight-and-narrow.

Ex-convict Luke Smith, from Sheldon, said that he wanted to show others that it was possible to start afresh.

Three years ago, Luke had left Winson Green Prison, having served time for robbery and a string of other offences.

But the 29-year-old decided to mend his ways and landed a job training offenders who are in the same position he used to be.

“They might think that once they’ve done what they’ve done, there is no going back,” said the dad-of-one.

“But you’ve got to persevere, it’s all about what you want to do - it is possible to make a change.”

Luke had got a place on a fork-lift training course, at A1 Logistics Training.

He carried on volunteering at the Birmingham-based firm and took a full-time job when a vacancy came up.

“The older you get, the harder it is to change, to get out of that life, that’s why I knew I had to do something.

“I enjoy the work here, training other people, it’s a job where I don’t mind getting out of bed in the morning.”

Peter Knowles, managing director, said A1 had been working with the probation service for ten years.

“It’s good to give opportunities to people who might have had a mixed start in life but want to move on.”

 

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