Criminals’ cash to be donated to schools’ project

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Hundreds of school children across Scarborough and Ryedale have benefited from a £1,500 donation of criminals’ cash.

The 20th Crucial Crew event taking place in Scarborough provides primary school youngsters with skills to help them cope with real-life situations as they grow up.

The organisation successfully bid for a portion of £25,000 of cash seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act by North Yorkshire Police’s Financial Investigation Unit.

Crucial Crew has been running for the past 19 years.

The annual project provides local Year 6 schoolchildren with the skills and confidence to help them stay safe.

The cash has gone towards updating and providing the equipment needed to stage the realistic role-play situations.

A total of 1,500 children from the Scarborough and Ryedale area will take part in the scheme this month.

Alan Bruce, project coordinator, said: “The money is very welcome especially in these financially challenging times and has helped to ensure that this year’s event has gone ahead as planned.

“It’s a great use of criminals’ assets and helps spread the message that crime doesn’t pay.”

Detective inspector Ian Wills, who heads the Financial Investigation Unit, added: “Helping children stay safe is a priority for the police and this is an ideal way to re-distribute criminals’ illegal earnings.”