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Criminal cash pumped back into the community.

Criminal cash pumped back into the community.

2:19pm 15th October 2010

Criminal cash pumped back into the community.

North Yorkshire Police have this afternoon presented a cheque for £1,749 to the Priory Street Centre.

It's just a small amount of the £24,000 that was made available for charities to bid for earlier this year.

The money has been seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

At the Priory Street Centre the cash will be used for the purchase of a fund raising toolkit including giant games such as chess, Jenga and Connect 4, circus and drumming workshop equipment, collection buckets and presentation equipment.

The kit will be available to voluntary organisations to help them with fundraising and strengthen their economic resilience.

Superintendent Winward said:

 "It gives me great pleasure to present this money to the centre, they do fantastic work across the city, making a difference to the lives of many people. It is very satisfying to know that the cash has been taken from criminals and that the Proceeds of Crime Act allows us to really hit them where it hurts the most - their pocket. Even better that we can return some of their ill-gotten gains to our communities."

Kenny Lieske, Manager of the Priory Street Centre, said:

 "We are delighted with the donation, in a remarkable twist of fate, less than a year after being the victims of crime, we get some cash back from the criminal fraternity! The funds provided by North Yorkshire Criminal Justice Board have been used to add to our 'beyond the centre' project by purchasing an extensive range of additional fund-raising toolkits including, giant games, collection boxes, circus and drumming workshop equipment and other items that can be hired by small community groups for their fund-raising activities.

"The service offers low cost equipment hire ranging from data-projectors through to marquees and has allowed York CVS to offer a variety of low cost printing and sign making services.  Although still in its early stages, the project has been warmly received, particularly by smaller community groups struggling to raise money in the current economic climate."

Volunteer services range from helping unemployed people get back to work to tacking child poverty and domestic abuse.

York CVS has developed Priory Street Centre as a major resource centre over a period of ten years.

The range of activities at the venue not only reflects the diversity of the voluntary sector, but also demonstrates the flexibility of the building, which can be adapted to facilitate a variety of events from large-scale community fundraising concerts through to small meetings.

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