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Criminal assetts benefitting North Yorkshire communities


12:01am 26th April 2012

Criminal assetts are benefitting kids in Riccall.

North Yorkshire Police is using cash seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act to benefit local community groups.

The Regen Centre in Riccall's been awarded £3,000.

It'll be used to fund a new play area and sports hall floor.

Selby District Safer Neighbourhood Commander, Chief Inspector Mark Iveson, will present the centre with a commemorative cheque later (Thursday 26th April 2012)

Background Information

Riccall Regen Centre is a community centre which has provided a hub for local activities for the past 11 years. It serves Riccall and the wider area, including many villages in the north Selby district.  The Centre provides sporting, leisure and training facilities for individuals and groups.

£3,000 went towards a project to upgrade and refurbish an outdoor play area for children and a new floor for the sports hall. This will ensure that children of all ages can continue to be offered good, indoor sporting facilities in the future. The centre is also home to the Selby For Youth Club and other youth organisations. 

The opening of the Regen Centre in 2000 saw a marked reduction in anti-social behaviour and this has continued throughout the years ever since.

Other presentations being made as part of North Yorkshire Police's Why should they? campaign.

York presentation

Date: Thursday 26 April 2012
Time: 11am 
Location: The Joseph Trust,

York Safer Neighbourhood Commander, Superintendent Lisa Winward will present a commemorative cheque to the trust after they successfully bid for £2,000 to upgrade their woodwork shop.


Joseph Trust Wood and Craft Workshop, York - £2,000

The Joseph Trust Wood and Craft Workshop have been awarded £2,000 to upgrade their woodwork shop. The charity, which is based in the village of Melbourne near York, provides training and support for disadvantaged young people. 

The trust was established in 2005 after one of the founders, Joyce Dean began fostering troubled 16-year-olds. When she discovered that once they left her home at 8am, they had nothing to do and were left to their own devices until they returned home at 6pm.

The main aim of the project is to provide important life, work and social skills for young people who may find themselves in difficult circumstances.  The charity also offers training towards NVQ qualifications.

Previous projects include working with young people from Future Prospects, York, and Leeds Youth Offending Teams, as well as a group of young people with learning difficulties from York. 

The project is currently working with the City of York Council's Danesgate Student Support Unit in York which provides education for children permanently excluded from school, or unable to attend school. Some students from Fulford School are also benefiting from the trust.

Although a York-based charity, they were unable to find suitable premises for their work in the city. Approximately four years ago they were offered five acres of land, on which they have  built a craft and wood working workshop along with two poly tunnels, a stock of fowl and land for growing crops.

The trust is supported by the Home Office Youth Justice Board, Wetherby Young Offenders Institute and the Learning Skills Council.

The money will be put towards work benches, rewiring, dust extraction and ventilation units and hand and power tools.

Ripon Presentation

Date: Friday 27 April 2012
Time: 2.30pm
Location: Ripon Community Link Walled Garden Scheme,

Ripon Safer Neighbourhood Inspector, Rob Thorpe and the Head of North Yorkshire Police's Financial Investigation Unit, Detective Inspector Ian Wills, will present a cheque to the garden for £2,856 at the 20th anniversary celebration event on 27 April when the new visitor centre and memorial garden will be opened.


Ripon Community Link Walled Garden Scheme - £2,856

Established in 1990, Ripon Community Link Walled Garden Scheme is a registered charity that provides work placements and support services to people with learning disabilities, offenders and people with mental health problems, enabling them to develop as active citizens.

The Walled Garden Scheme provides work placements for adults from the local community, young people from Barnardo's Springhill School and offenders, in partnership with York and North Yorkshire Probation Trust, the Youth Offending Team and Northallerton Prison.

Many of the people supported by the scheme have a combination of learning disabilities, mental health issues and physical disabilities.

The scheme helps to develop social skills, confidence and increased integration into the local community. Their services include the provision of a gardening service, maintenance work for parish councils, and a landscaping service. 

The gardens situated at the former Bishop's palace walled gardens are also open as a free community amenity for the general public with over 3,500 visitors each year.

On site, the garden sells plants, hanging baskets, vegetables, fruit, craftwork, logs, Christmas trees and wreaths. The scheme also manages all planting and ongoing maintenance for Ripon in Bloom.

Over the past 15 months, the scheme has developed a successful partnership with the Probation Trust and Northallerton prison, providing up to 50 work placements for prisoners and offenders. This has freed up permanent staff to develop community work opportunities for people with learning disabilities.

The cash will go towards the cost of a partnership development worker, and materials to develop the visitor centre.

Further Details about the Why should they? campaign

The 'Why should they?' campaign was first launched in 2010 to raise awareness of the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).
Money is at the heart of all organised crime. The lifestyle and status it brings is the main motivation for most criminals. And just as legitimate businesses need funding to stay afloat, so does organised crime. Without cashflow, deals can't be made and people can't be paid and many criminals fear attacks on their finances and lifestyle more than prison.
POCA gives police the power to take criminals' illegally earned cash and assets off them, therefore depriving them of the proceeds of their crime and severely restricting their ability to generate more crime.

Over the last two financial years, North Yorkshire Police's Financial Investigation Unit (FIU) have seized more than £2.3m from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act. 

Since the Why should they? campaign was launched, £49,000 of criminals' cash has been given to local good causes across the county.

The FIU made their largest single seizure so far in January this year when they seized £800,000 off a couple who terrorised their victims into parting with £1.8m.

Members of the public can help tackle crime by letting the police know about those people in their community who live an extravagant life style with no obvious means of funding it. You can pass this information on anonymously to Crimestoppers by ringing 0800 555 111.

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