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Youngsters in Eyam benefit from police POCA funding

Posted on 11th December 2013

Youngsters will benefit from a £500 cash boost for their youth club in Eyam thanks funding retrieved by police under the Proceeds of Crime Act.  

The cash was secured by the Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Team and was awarded to the youth club for the impact that it has on the local community. 

The funding will be used to keep the club running and to provide activities and trips for the kids who use the centre in Eyam and the surrounding area.

PCSO Anthony Boswell from the Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Crime doesn’t pay so it is great to see money being put back into communities under the Act and help to improve the lives of local people.

“Many youngsters in the area enjoy the club so the funding is essential to help keep it running and to provide proactive trips and activities for the youths.

“Groups such as this provide a safe and enjoyable place for the kids to gather especially with the darker nights drawing in.”

The Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) means anyone who profits from crime can lose the financial and lifestyle gains they have enjoyed.

Police can apply to the courts to have cash or other ill-gotten assets seized and sold, and use the money generated to pay compensation to victims of crime.

In recent months, cash recovered under the Act has gone to several community groups and organisations across Derbyshire including High Peak Women’s Aid, Hayfield Juniors Football club and Chapel-en-le-frith youth group.

To speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.

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