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London boom spells jobs for ex-convicts

Eager employers abound as office and residential construction soars

High demand: Record high order books in the London building industry are benefiting more than just the economy, as engineers, bricklayers and painters find ready employment. - PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

[LONDON] Lorenzo Dorsett, a former Arsenal Football Club youth team soccer player, spent more than three years in prison for drug possession. Today he works as a painter and decorator in London, where a building boom is creating jobs that benefit more than just the economy.

"I've worked...