Criminal’s cash given to community

Supt Pat Casserly, head of Neighbourhood Policing Teams and Partnerships.
Supt Pat Casserly, head of Neighbourhood Policing Teams and Partnerships.

MONEY seized from criminals will be used to help struggling community groups and charities in the Wakefield Annual Cash Giveaway.

West Yorkshire Police have pledged £7,000 towards the grants-giving scheme run by the Express and the Community Foundation For Wakefield.

The cash has been secured using the Proceeds of Crime Act which allows them to claw back money made by criminals and will provide a lifeline to cash-strapped voluntary groups and clubs.

Supt Pat Casserly, head of Neighbourhood Policing Teams and Partnerships, said: “We were fed up with criminals hurting the community and we decided to hurt them back by returning the money they have made illegally to those communities where it will have the most positive impact. We want to reach as many communities as possible because small amounts of money can have a big impact and can be really significant to keeping groups, organisations and clubs going.”

The latest donation brings the running total up to £13,000.

Property consultancy NPS has pledged £5,000 and council street lighting firm Amey has given £1,000.

Shona Walsh, chief executive of the Community Foundation, said: “With all the recent cuts to funding and grants schemes, the Wakefield Annual Cash Giveaway will be a lifeline for small voluntary groups across the district.

“It’s designed for small grassroots groups who can apply for between £250 and £2,000 to make a real difference in their communities.”

For information on how to donate or apply for a grant call 01924 239181 or write to Shona Walsh, chief executive, The Community Foundation for Wakefield District, Suite 5, Vincent House, 136 Westgate, Wakefield, WF2 9SR.