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Prisoner released from jail to join flood relief effort

Lee Cooper, who is serving four and a half years for mortgage fraud. Photo: Simon Harris

A convicted fraudster has been allowed out of prison so he can join the volunteer relief effort in a flood-hit community.

Lee Cooper, who is serving four and a half years for mortgage fraud, told ITV News he suggested the idea and the governor of HMP Coldingley agreed.

Volunteers filling sandbags Credit: Simon Harris

Mr Cooper has been helping at a Flood Rescue a centre set up by residents in a church hall at Egham in Surrey.

Food parcels being prepared by volunteers. Credit: Simon Harris

Volunteers have been preparing and delivering food parcels for vulnerable residents, supplying nappies to mothers and filling sandbags.

One of the organisers, Ange Young, said they have been overwhelmed by donations from local businesses and offers of help from the local community.

Carole Carey & Roland Hopkins Credit: Simon Harris

One couple filling sandbags,Carol Young and Roland Hopkins, gave each other pairs if waders as Valentines' Day presents

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