left to right- Charlie Schink, Barry Coppinger, Doug Reed and Peter Livingstone.
Over £54,000 has been captured from criminal clutches and put into the hands of over 50 community groups thanks to a scheme led by Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger.
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 Police Property Act Fund.
A variety of groups and good causes, whose applications fit the five Police and Crime Plan priorities, have benefited from the money. Grants ranging from around £200 to over £5000 have supported vulnerable people, domestic abuse victims, youth projects and one-off community events.
One £346 grant has proved priceless to grassroots football enthusiasts as South Bank Football Community Association has just taken delivery of a new pitch line marker for community matches. The grant was awarded as part of the PCC’s priority to reduce antisocial behaviour.
Footballers young and old from across Teesside will benefit. The new pristine white lines will also be in place when the 125-year-old Ellis Cup competition returns to the pitches on Harcourt Road, South Bank in July this year.
Peter Livingstone, who helps to run the association, said: “A pitch marker may seem like nothing but we have been using a second hand one for fifteen years and despite a lot of Blue Peter style repairs I’m sad to say its time is done.
“The grant has been tremendous for us; the new equipment is going to reduce the time it takes to paint the lines by a third so we’re really pleased.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “This fund is one in the back of the net against criminals, and the grant to South Bank Football Association is prime example of that.
“Most of these items are recovered through drugs raids, arrest warrants or vehicle searches and the proceeds are now not funding thieves’ lavish lifestyles but are put back into the pockets of the good people of Teesside. Funds like this are vital and I’m proud to have allocated over £54,000 since I was elected, which is a huge amount”
National regulations surround the allocation of the fund meaning that it can only be used in specified criteria for a charitable purpose. Anyone who wants to know more or those who wish to apply should visit the PCC’s website www.cleveland.pcc.police.uk
Posted on Tuesday 3rd June 2014