Posted on 8th November 2013
A youth club for youngsters in the Bradwell area has received a cash boost of £750 thanks to funding secured by Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Team.
The cash was retrieved by police under the Proceeds of Crime Act and was awarded to the youth club for the impact that it has on the local community.
The funding will be used to cover the running costs of the club and to provide new equipment to keep the kids in the area entertained.
PCSO Anthony Boswell from the Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “The Act gives us the opportunity to take assets off criminals and to put it back into communities to help improve the lives of local residents.
“It is great to see so many people enjoying the youth club and I hope that the money can go a long way in securing more sessions.
“Activities, such as this, offer youngsters a safe and enjoyable place to gather to help to steer them away from anti-social behaviour”.
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.
These include the Chinley, Buxworth and Brownside Community Association, Chapel-en-le-Frith youth group and the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton.