Devon and Cornwall Police community fund hits £200,000

A police community fund in Devon and Cornwall which raises money by selling seized criminal assets has reached £200,000 in three years, police say.

The Devon and Cornwall Police Property Fund also raises money by selling off stolen items not successfully returned to owners and unclaimed lost property.

Charities and communities in Devon were awarded £18,000 in the past year. Groups in Cornwall received £9,000.

The deadline for applications for 2011 is 20 December.

Applications for grants are handled by the Devon Community Foundation and the Cornwall Community Foundation.

Ch Supt Steve Swanney, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said officers hoped the fund could leave "a real legacy".

He said: "It is a lot of money. What we are hoping is that capital sums that we raise will grow and the interest and investments from those sums will be distributed, and more grants awarded."

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