Cornwall crime prevention scheme to close

A project which tackles teenage crime in Cornwall is closing at the end of March with the loss of six jobs.

White Gold said it had helped more than 960 young people who have been in trouble with the police, offering specialist one-to-one support.

But its £185,000-a-year funding from the government Local Area Agreement (LAA) is about to end.

The government announced the abolition of LAAs in 2010, saying they were too bureaucratic.

White Gold, a partnership project between the police and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Youth Offending Team, was established in Redruth in 2003.

Project manager, former police constable Alan Milliner, said it saved money by preventing re-offending.

"We have got lots of evidence that it works," he said.

A Plymouth University report in 2005 said: "WGP is a success that goes far in achieving its aims and objectives."

Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, announced the end of LAAs in 2010, saying he wanted to "get rid of unnecessary top-down targets and their related bureaucracy".

White Gold is hoping to continue as a Community Interest Company (CIC) with public and private sponsorship.

CICs are registered companies that are able to demonstrate how they reinvest some or all of their profits to help the community.

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