16:29 Monday 16 December 2013

Reclaimed cash to be used to tackle crime

Written byRICH GUTTRIDGE

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THOUSANDS of pounds which has been recovered from criminals is to be pumped into tackling antisocial behaviour in Burton.

The Burton Albion Community Trust has been awarded £10,000 to further its work with youngsters in parts of the town where antisocial behaviour has been rife.

The trust’s Albion 2 Engage programme is run in parks in Winshill, Anglesey, Stapenhill and Eton Park.

Children are encouraged to take part in activities with the aim being to make them less likely to become involved in anti-social behaviour.

It is among projects to have benefited from the redistribution of cash which has been reclaimed from criminals.

Community groups in East Staffordshire were invited to stake their claims for funding which had been seized, having previously been used in criminal activity.

Bidders had to demonstrate that the money would be used to reduce crime.

The community trust has developed a rapport with youngsters in parts of Burton which have experienced high levels of crime and unemployment in recent years and Andy Taylor, the trust’s community development manager, said the grant was vital to securing the immediate future of the programme, which had been facing an uncertain future.

He said: “The programme has been running for two years working to reduce antisocial behaviour by offering diverse activities to young people.

“We work with children one night a week and we’re hoping now to be able to extend that to two nights, which is great because we know locally people see it is making a difference. We’re very pleased with the amount we received.”

Staffordshire’s police and crime commissioner Matthew Ellis, who was behind the project, said: “We’re going further than ever before to provide funding for people. This is just the start of making more money available for local areas.”

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