Get your hands on criminals’ money

Youngsters with members of the council and police at the official opening of the new BMX track in Thrapston, which benefited from money from the proceeds of crime scheme
Youngsters with members of the council and police at the official opening of the new BMX track in Thrapston, which benefited from money from the proceeds of crime scheme

Community groups are being offered £30,000 of criminals’ cash in a bid to rebuild and strengthen communities.

Northamptonshire Police Authority is offering grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 to community groups with cash seized from drug dealers and organised crime under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Police authority deputy chief executive David Peet, who manages the scheme, said: “It feels like the right thing to do.

“It’s a simple way to rebuild communities that have potentially suffered because of community activity.”

In its last year before being replaced by police and crime commissioners, the authority, which is responsible for setting the force’s budget and policy, will award one £10,000 grant, three £5,000 grants and five £1,000 grants.

The authority is looking for projects which build safer and stronger communities and is keen for applications from school groups and young people.

Derek Lawson, chairman of the authority’s grants funding group, said: “As this year sees the end of police authorities, I’m hoping to see applications that will leave a lasting legacy within local communities.

“We are particularly keen to attract applications from local schools and projects working with young people around personal safety and building safer local communities. Based on previous years’ schemes I am sure that there will be some wonderful projects and ideas put forward and it will be good to see money that has been raised through activities that harm communities put to use in trying to help them.”

Police have seized more than £1m from county criminals since 2007.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday, March 30.

NORTHANTS POLICE