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Cleveland PCC Kick-Starts Aikido Course thanks to Money from Criminal Clutches


PCC presenting cheque to Kazoku Ryu Aikido Club

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger has helped to kick-start a new Aikido course in Hartlepool thanks to money captured from criminal clutches and put back into communities.

The Kazoku Ryu Aikido Club has been granted £3,000 towards new mats as part of the Police Property Act Fund. Recovered stolen items such as pedal bikes, satellite navigation systems, and jewellery - which can’t be traced back to an owner - are all sent to auction and the proceeds made available to the Fund.

Mr. Coppinger was able to test out the new mats for himself as he officially opened a three-day course led by French Sensei Jean-Pierre Fillaut, who flew over from Paris to teach adults from the local area.

Children from the town will also be able to use the new mats when the Aikido Club opens its doors to juniors between 11 and 16 on a new Thursday evening class.

The Property Act Fund has benefited 16 other groups across Hartlepool, as the Commissioner has revealed he has granted over £17,000 in community funding since being elected.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said: “It’s a really rewarding part of my job to be able to take something from back from the clutches of criminals and put it back into the communities which they have harmed.

“These grants have helped in a number of ways across the town, from funding training, diversity events, replacing old equipment and funding charity CCTV. “Hartlepool has a really strong sense of community so I’m confident we will continue to grant more applications in the future when resources permit.”

Tony Hudspith from Kazku Ryu Aikido Club said: “We’re so grateful for the funding from Barry, the mats we had were getting really old and we were desperate for new ones so we could continue. The club provides an outlet for people from all walks of life to do something positive in their spare time and we look forward to welcoming new friends who want to learn the art of Aikido.”

Anyone who would like to apply for the Police Property Act Funding can download an application form from www.cleveland.pcc.police.uk or contact the team on 01642 301632. Certain criteria needs to be met before applications are considered and further details are on the website.


Posted on Friday 31st October 2014
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