Cash seized off criminals up for grabs

Pictured with a car seized from a criminal under POCA - Detective Sergeant Dave Edwards and Detective Inspector Ian Wills
Pictured with a car seized from a criminal under POCA - Detective Sergeant Dave Edwards and Detective Inspector Ian Wills
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Community groups and charities in Scarborough are being given the chance to get their hands on a share of £25,000 seized from criminals.

For the third consecutive year North Yorkshire Police is launching its ‘Why should they?’ campaign in which it makes the cash availalbe to local good causes, having seized it from crooks who have made money from their crimes.

From now until October 31, non-profit making organisations, charities, volunteer and community groups whose work makes a positive contribution to reducing crime or anti-social behaviour can apply for up to £3,000.

The Proceeds of Crime Act allows the police to take money and assets from criminals such as drug dealers, fraudsters and thieves if they have gained them as result of criminal activity. Over two years, North Yorkshire Police’s Financial Investigation Unit seized more than £2.3 million.

Temporary chief constable Tim Madgwick said: “Over the past two years North Yorkshire Police has donated £49,000 to 28 local good causes and we are very pleased to be able offer another £25,000 this year, especially in these financially strained times.

“Since we launched the campaign in 2010, it has brought us into contact with lots of people who are helping to make life better for local communities. From sports clubs to rescue teams, from craft workshops to support for disadvantaged people, it has been a very humbling experience to see all this fantastic work going on and I hope we can help more this year.”

Detective inspector Ian Wills, who heads the force’s Financial Investigation Unit, added: “It gives us immense satisfaction to see some of the cash we have taken off the criminal fraternity, go back into our communities.

“Our aim is to hit criminals where it hurts the most – their pocket. And we will continue to use the Proceeds of Crime Act to pursue them relentlessly through the courts.”

For details of how to apply log on to www.northyorkshire.police.uk/whyshouldthey or call (01609) 789197.