Sister Helen Ryan
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Birmingham crime proceeds vote backed by sister

A Birmingham woman who has intervened in gang disputes has backed a police initiative to offer proceeds of crime to community projects by way of a vote.

Sister Helen Ryan is also part of a project run by St Mary's Convent that offers support to women who are victims of domestic abuse.

It is one of eight schemes vying for a share of £39,000.

Ms Ryan said: "I think it's a very good idea because I think it makes people aware that crime doesn't really pay."