Crooks’ loot is up for grabs

CRIME-FIGHTING community groups in Scarborough have been invited to stake a claim to £25,000 of criminal cash.

Police, having seized the money from crooks across North Yorkshire through the Proceeds of Crime Act, have made the money available to charitable organisations in the county.

Groups will be able to bid for up to £3,000 each from the £25,000 pot, and have been asked to demonstrate their commitment to making our streets safer.

Temporary deputy chief constable, Tim Madgwick, said: “We are very pleased to be able to allocate further funds towards local community projects, particularly as this year’s theme is focusing on preventing and reducing crime and anti-social behaviour.

“It’s very satisfying to be able to return criminals’ ill-gotten gains back to the community, knowing that it will also help improve the quality of life in our neighbourhoods.

“Criminals should not be allowed to benefit at the expense of innocent members of the public and we will continue to use the Proceeds of Crime Act to its full potential.”

The scheme, known as the ‘why should they?’ campaign, was launched last year, when £24,000 seized through the Proceeds of Crimes Act was made available to local charities in North Yorkshire.

Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team was handed £1,800 to purchase brand new life-saving radio handsets, which replaced old, second-hand models.

The Scarborough Blind and Partially Sighted Society also benefited to the tune of £800 to upgrade computer equipment for its service users.

The grant allowed partially sighted people to control computers with key stokes rather than a mouse, see magnified images and even hear a computer read a letter out after it was scanned in.

This year, the scope of the scheme has been narrowed so that only groups that are able to demonstrate a commitment to crime fighting or making the area safer are able to apply.

To apply for funding from the campaign, log on to www.northyorkshire.police.uk/whyshouldthey or call 01609 789197 for an application form.

The closing date for applications is Friday October 7.