North Wales crime cash given back to communities

banknotes Nearly £38,000 is being handed back to north Wales groups

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Cash seized from criminals is being handed to community projects across north Wales.

In total, 12 groups including scouts, guides, churches and football clubs will share nearly £38,000 between them.

The grants from North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Winston Roddick are partly funded by money seized under proceeds of crime laws in north Wales.

Two projects in each north Wales county were selected following a public vote, with grants of up to £3,500 available.

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What makes this even more worthwhile is that they are being funded by money we've taken from criminals”

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The fund was launched in autumn last year, with community groups asked to bid for cash to help cut crime and anti-social behaviour in their area.

Schemes include an allotment project in Holyhead on Anglesey and a scout and guide group at Saltney Ferry in Flintshire.

"It is only right that money recovered from those who commit crimes against people in north Wales should go back to benefit local communities," said Mr Roddick.

Online voting

"This small grants initiative goes a step further by allowing the public to decide on where and how it should be spent."

The grants were awarded after 73 applications were whittled down in a public online vote, before a final decision on the winners was made by a panel involving North Wales Police and council and community representatives.

"I would like to congratulate the groups on their success in securing funding for their initiatives," said Assistant Chief Constable Simon Shaw.

"The worthy recipients cover a wide-range of interesting and exciting projects that will help enhance local communities.

"What makes this even more worthwhile is that they are being funded by money we've taken from criminals.

"I look forward to hearing about the development of the winning projects."

PROCEEDS OF CRIME COMMUNITY GRANTS 2014

County Project Location Amount

Source: Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner North Wales

Anglesey

Plas Road Allotment Project

Holyhead

£3,500

Valley Community Group

Valley

£3,301

Conwy

Llandudno Junction FC

Llandudno Junction

£3,500

Llanrwst Junior FC

Llanrwst

£3,300

Denbighshire

Prestatyn Youth Centre

Prestatyn

£1,150

St Asaph FC

St Asaph

£2,000

Flintshire

Saltney Ferry Scout/Guide Group

Saltney Ferry

£3,500

DangerPoint

Talacre

£3,500

Gwynedd

Gwarchod Bermo Watch

Barmouth

£3,500

Noddfa Community Church

Caernarfon

£3,500

Wrexham

Wrexham Street Pastors

Wrexham

£3,500

Groundworks North Wales, Alyn Waters

Wrexham

£3,500

TOTAL

£37,751

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