Projects benefit from cash seized by police

North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commisioner Julia Mulligan
North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commisioner Julia Mulligan

Community projects across North Yorkshire have been handed a share of money seized from criminals.

In Harrogate, Jennyfield Styan Community Centre’s management committee will receive £2,628 of the £25,000 overall total in the North Yorkshire Police giveaway.

The centre will use the money to fund Games Fest, a two-day games console competition allowing young people to compete for prizes, intended to improve relationships and organise more projects for young people in the Saltergate area.

The centre provides activities for vulnerable young and old people, to improve their health, social interaction and wellbeing. Around 60 people will benefit from the cash.

Last year, groups and charities were invited by the force to apply for a share of the cash in its Why should they? campaign.

The money was seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act by the force’s Financial Investigation Unit.

Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire Julia Mulligan said: “The quality of the bids which were put in for these grants was incredibly high. There is a broad range of organisations and projects across the county receiving the money which I am sure will bring great rewards for those living in the areas.”

The winners were chosen through a scoring system which took into account the number of people who would benefit from their project, the quality of the management plan to deliver it and the group’s previous service to the community.