Police count out criminal's cash
2:37pm 3rd December 2010
Police have delivered another knockout blow to criminals as more of their cash is handed out to local good causes.
York boxing club made a successful bid for a portion of £24,000 under the ‘Why should they?’ campaign after the cash, which has been seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act, was made available to community groups and charities.
York Safer Neighbourhood Commander Superintendent Lisa Winward presented a cheque to York Boxing Club for £1,846 which will go towards training courses and qualifications in non-contact boxing for 27 young people, providing an opportunity for the youngsters to become coaches themselves.
The club was established in 1967 and over many years of working with children, members realised that they could compliment sport with education, social integration and community engagement. The courses are offered free and are aimed at steering youngsters away from anti-social behaviour, drink and drug abuse and promoting a healthier lifestyle.
Superintendent Winward said: “It’s great that we can help the community in this way, it gives us great satisfaction knowing that the cash has been taken from criminals to begin with. I hope the youngsters have a great time training and keeping fit and that they are inspired to go on to teach themselves. “
Over 200 applications were received and the money was divided between two good causes in each of the seven districts of North Yorkshire.
Since April 2010, using the Proceeds of Crime Act, North Yorkshire Police’s Financial Investigation Unit has seized more than £1m worth of cash and assets from criminals.
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