Confiscated crime cash helps youths

South Yorkshire Police confiscates millions from criminals through the Proceeds of Crime Act.

South Yorkshire Police confiscates millions from criminals through the Proceeds of Crime Act.

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SCHEMES to cut down anti-social behaviour have benefitted from cash confiscated from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Money allocated in Doncaster has already been used to provide entertainment and activities for young people in a bid to cut anti-social behaviour, and in Thorne and Moorends cash was used to hire out rooms at the Moorends Miners Welfare and Community Development Centre for youths to hang out in.

The money also covered the use of the equipment in the centre which has a table tennis table, PlayStations and a pool table, as well as covering other costs including a disco and arts and crafts activities.

Criminals in South Yorkshire have been forced to hand over £3 million of their criminal gains between March 2011 and April 2012.

Graham Wragg, Economic Crime Unit Manager said: “The South Yorkshire Community Foundation is a regular beneficiary of money secured by the Force through the Proceeds of Crime Act. The Foundation makes sure the money goes straight back into the community.”

“The Force is committed to ensuring that money gained from criminal activity is seized and put back into the community. Criminals must not be allowed to benefit from their criminal activity and we will use the Proceeds of Crime Act legislation to ensure that they do not.”