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Seized criminal money funds educational drug films

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Money taken from Isle of Man criminals is being used to partly fund a series of educational films covering subjects including drugs and bullying.

The Isle of Man constabulary has contributed around £20,000 from its seized asset fund to the project.

The short film, currently being made in Manchester, follows free runner Will Sutton's character 'Ben' who becomes addicted to mephedrone.

Mr Sutton said the aim was to provide a "powerful and hard-hitting message".

"We want to raise awareness of some serious issues effecting young people," he added.

Insp Derek Flint said: "With seized assets it is very important that those criminal gains are used to educate and minimise harm to people."

Follow up films on racism and bullying are already planned.

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