North Yorkshire community awarded 'criminal' cash
Community groups across North Yorkshire have benefited from thousands of pounds of "criminal" cash.
A total of 14 groups have shared £24,000 seized from offenders through the Proceeds of Crime Act.
More than 200 applications were received by North Yorkshire Police after it launched the "Why should they?" campaign earlier this year.
The cash was available to any community group, project or initiative within the county.
The projects had to be deliverable by the end of the year and have a lasting impact for the community.
Assistant Chief Constable Tim Madgwick said: "The fact that this money has been taken from criminals and is now going back to our local communities gives us great satisfaction.
"Our only disappointment is that we could not give money to everyone.
"The recipients of the awards give their time freely, from helping and improving the lives of people in the community, to risking their own lives to save others.
The maximum bid available to any one group was £2,000 with the intention of funding at least one project in each of the eight policing districts across North Yorkshire.
The Proceeds of Crime Act allows the seizure, confiscation or forfeiture of assets which are suspected as being the proceeds of criminal activity.
A portion of the confiscated money was returned to North Yorkshire Police to make the cash awards.
Recipients of the cash included::
- 5th Skipton Scout Group
- Pioneer Project's Creative Kitchen Garden, Looking Well Studios, Bentham
- Harrogate and Knaresborough Toy Library
- Henshaws Arts and Crafts Centre, Knaresborough
- Herriot Hospice Homecare
- Cleveland Search and Rescue Team (Great Ayton)
- Richmond Golf Club - Junior Section
- Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team
- Ryedale School Sport Coordinator Programme
- Scarborough Blind and Partially Sighted Society Resource Centre
- Barwic Parade Community Primary School, Selby
- Kelfield Village Institute
- York Boxing Club/Off the Hook
- Priory Street Centre, York.