Northamptonshire criminals’ loot to pay for fight against crime

Police Commissioner Adam Simmonds
Police Commissioner Adam Simmonds
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A £25,000 pot of cash seized from criminals is being made available to help combat crime and provide support for victims.

The scheme, run by the Northamptonshire’s police and crime commissioner Adam Simmonds, will allocate grants ranging from £500 to £5,000, and is being paid for by money that Northamptonshire Police has obtained in the civil court through the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The scheme aims to focus on different themes each year. The commission is seeking applications this year from across the county from communities and residents who are working to combat crime in their neighbourhoods or can offer support and assistance to those whose lives have been blighted by crime.

The grants are available for capital projects and must be spent by the end of March 2014.

The commission’s Community Grants Funding Panel will assess the applications and will announce the successful applicants in October.

Mr Simmonds said: “Tackling crime and putting victims at the heart of the criminal justice system are two of my key priorities. This scheme will help to unlock much of the good work that is already being undertaken across Northamptonshire, and will ensure this work can be expanded.

“All too often, victims across our county feel isolated and have no one to turn to help. Local groups and organisations are best placed to help these people, and with a little support, they can make a big difference.”

Application forms can be requested by writing to Stuart McCartney, Office of the Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner West Wing, Police HQ, Wootton Hall, Northampton, NN4 0JQ, by calling 01604 888113, or emailing Commissioner@northantspcc.pnn.police.uk.

Alternatively, forms can be downloaded from the Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s website www.northantspcc.org.uk