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Police POCA cash helps secure café's community computer

Posted on 25th February 2013
Gamesley-community-computer---pic2 Inspector Jon Clark with Nick and Donna Rogers at the new computer

Gamesley residents can log on to a community computer which was bought using money retrieved by police under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Police in Glossop secured £2,000 of cash claimed through the Act and donated it to a number of community projects in the area.

One of the beneficiaries was Gamesley’s Jericho Café, which used part of the money to buy a computer that its visitors can use.

The PC has access to the internet, can be used for word processing and printing, and has already proved a hit with people hunting for jobs online.

Nick Rogers runs the café, in Winster Mews, and said the cash had been a fantastic boost in offering more help and services to the local community.

He said: “The computer is for any of our customers to use whenever it is free and it gives them access to a wide range of things, from job-hunting to typing up and printing CVs and sending emails.

“Some of our customers don’t have access to a computer so providing this service for them was important for us.

“The café is a facility for the community to use to meet people, have a chat, hold meetings and now use our computer.

“That’s what we’re here for, and it’s proving to be a hit with people already.”

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.

Part of the cash awarded to the Jericho Café, in Winster Mews, will also be used to set up evening football sessions for local youths – something the café has run before.

The money would cover ongoing costs such as football pitch hire.

Inspector Jon Clark, who is based in Glossop, said: “I wanted to take that money from the Proceeds of Crime Act and give it straight back to the community, and the way it has been used has been fantastic.

“It provides a service that many might not otherwise be able to use and it’s pleasing that the money has been able to help with that.”

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