Criminals’ cash: grab your slice

POLICE are reminding Scarborough charities and community groups that the deadline is looming to apply for a slice of criminals’ cash.

The “Why should they?” campaign is offering £25,000 of seized cash to local good causes which help to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in North Yorkshire and the City of York.

Local organisations are able to bid for up to £3,000 worth of funding to help further their work.

Detective Inspector Ian Wills, who heads the Financial Investigation Unit at North Yorkshire Police, said: “We’re urging people not to wait until the last minute to apply to ensure they have the best chance of being the winning bidders.

“Because we’ve narrowed the qualifying criteria this year, people may be put off from applying. You could be a youth club, sports club, diversionary workshop or provide help and support for vulnerable people which all indirectly help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.”

To apply for funding from the 2011 “Why should they?” campaign, either log on to or call 01609 789197.

The closing date for applications is Friday October 7.