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Criminal cash pumped back in to North Yorkshire


12:01am 14th September 2011

Criminal cash, seized by police under the Proceeds of Crime Act, is being pumped back in to North Yorkshire.

The force is making £25,000 available as part of its 'Why should they?' campaign for 2011.

Community groups and charities can now apply for a share of the money.

You just need to show it'll be invested in preventing or reducing crime and anti-social behaviour.


Community groups, who are committed to preventing crime and disorder, are to be given a boost by this year's 'Why should they?' campaign.

North Yorkshire Police has made £25,000 of seized cash available to non-profit making organisations, charities, volunteer and community groups whose work makes a positive contribution to reducing crime or anti-social behaviour.

Local organisations will be able to bid for up to £3,000 worth of funding to help further their work, and applications are now being invited from organisations across North Yorkshire and the City of York, who can demonstrate their commitment to making their communities safer.

The funding has been made available from cash seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).

Last year, fourteen local community groups and charities benefited from £24,000 worth of criminals' cash seized under POCA.

Temporary Deputy Chief Constable, Tim Madgwick, said:

"We are very pleased to be able to allocate further funds towards local community projects, particularly as this year's theme is focusing on preventing and reducing crime and anti-social behaviour.

"It's very satisfying to be able to return criminals' ill-gotten gains back to the community, knowing that it will also help improve the quality of life in our neighbourhoods.

"Criminals should not be allowed to benefit at the expense of innocent members of the public and we will continue to use the Proceeds of Crime Act to its full potential."

The force's Financial Investigation Unit recovered £1,339,479.32 between 1st April 2010 and 1st April 2011, after pursuing criminals through the courts to retrieve their illegal earnings under POCA.

More than £1.1m of the cash was recovered through confiscation orders - where a convicted defendant is ordered to pay back the amount they have benefited from through their crimes.

Detective Inspector Ian Wills, who heads the force's Financial Investigation Unit, added:

"The 'Why should they?' campaign sends a clear message that we will do everything in our power to ensure that criminals do not benefit financially from their crimes.

"Our Financial Investigators have put in a great deal of hard work to ensure that crime doesn't pay for criminals in North Yorkshire and the City of York. Our aim is to pursue them relentlessly, maximising the legislation to the full.

"The  figures achieved in the last financial year demonstrate our commitment to hitting criminals where it hurts the most - their pocket."

Last year's campaign saw 14 local good causes benefit from criminals' cash.

They were:

o    Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team
o    Herriot Hospice Homecare
o    Harrogate and Knaresborough Toy Library
o    Henshaw Arts and Crafts Centre
o    Richmond Golf Club junior section
o    Ryedale School Sports Coordinator Association
o    Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team
o    Scarborough Blind and Partially Sighted Resource Centre
o    Barwic Parade Community Primary School, Selby
o    Kellfield Village Institute
o    York Boxing Club
o    Priory Street Centre, York
o    5th Skipton Scout Group
o    Pioneer Projects in Bentham

If you would like to apply for funding from the 2011 'Why should they?' campaign:

Please log on to : www.northyorkshire.police.uk/whyshouldthey

Or, you can call: 01609 789197 for an application form

Or write to:
Why should they?
Financial Investigation Unit
North Yorkshire Police Headquarters
Newby Wiske Hall

Closing date for applications is Friday 7th October 2011.

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