Crime pays off for town good cause

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CRIME doesn’t pay – but in this case it most certainly does!

A Scarborough education programme is set for a £1,500 festive windfall thanks to a huge police crackdown on criminals’ cash.

Scarborough and Ryedale Crucial Crew will receive the money to boost its work in the community after being chosen as a worthy recipient in the Why Should They? campaign.

The cash was seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act and forms part of a £25,000 pot which has been spread across the county to benefit good causes.

The Crucial Crew programme has been instrumental in offering youngsters from Scarborough’s primary schools with life skills for the past 19 years.

An annual project, its ‘Prison? No Way’ workshops provide schoolchildren with help on how to stay safe and deal with emergency situations by staging realistic role-play situations.

The scheme also touches upon the consequences of crime and anti-social behaviour through interactive workshops which even feature live telephone lines for added realism.

Det Insp Ian Wills said: “Once again, we are extremely impressed at the extent of the fantastic work going on in our communities to improve life for local people.

“It is an understatement to say it gives us great pleasure to be able to give something back to help keep these invaluable projects going, especially when the cash has been taken from criminals.

“The winners have every right to be extremely proud of their work and the contribution they make to keep our communities safe and improve the quality of life in our neighbourhoods.

“Each group deserve every penny.

“Our only regret is that we cannot give them more.”

Winners were chosen through a scoring system which took into account the number of people who would benefit from their project and the group’s previous service to the community.