Birmingham & Black Country

Birmingham projects vie for crime proceeds in police vote

Media captionSister Helen Ryan from St Mary's Convent helps rival gangs and women who have suffered domestic abuse

Eight community projects in Birmingham are vying for a share of £39,000 that police have recovered from the proceeds of crime.

Last year, West Midlands Police seized over £2.3m cash along with a further £2.6m worth of property and assets.

The public is being invited to vote online for one of the projects, with at least four of them in line to profit from a share of the monies.

The vote is being run by the Birmingham West and Central Local Policing Unit.

Det Sgt Chris Bates said the force would continue to offer a share of future proceeds of crime to other good causes.

"If you're making money from crime then my officers are going to come after you and we will get that money," Mr Bates said.

"We'll give it back to the community for people to use it for good causes."

The vote on the West Midlands Police website is open until 3 February.

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