Sussex

Boxing club moves to former Lancing 'cannabis cafe'

A boxing club has moved into a former "cannabis cafe" in Sussex with the sports project partly funded by cash from the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Adur Boxing Club, which is now based in the industrial unit in Lancing, has received £5,000 raised through assets seized from criminals.

Last year, three people were jailed and one was given community service for conspiring to supply drugs at the site.

The club in Freshbrook Road is used by local young boxers.

It was formerly based in West Street, Shoreham.

'Ill-gained assets'

Ch Insp Ian Pollard, from Sussex Police, said: "The Proceeds of Crime Act is one of the best pieces of legislation made available to the police because it directly targets criminals who benefit from their crimes, and who often think they are untouchable.

"It allows us to go after their ill-gained assets, strip them of their wealth and make them pay for the misery they cause to the public, and victims of crime."

He said assets were recovered from Michael Alday, 44, from Lancing, who was jailed for three years for his part in running the drugs operation.

During the investigation, police carried out several raids at the site in Lancing which is in a residential area and near a school.

During the trial, the court heard that police broke into the so-called "hole-in-the-wall cafe".

Electrified barbed wire had been put on the building, jurors heard.

The prosecution said the cafe's security measures, which also included a reinforced "air lock-style" system of double doors, gave those inside the building time to incinerate drugs.

The court heard the cafe's customers nicknamed the business the hole-in-the-wall cafe because of the means of entry employed by police during repeated raids.

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