(L-R): Lynn Ingram (volunteer), PCC Alan Charles and the Mayor of City of Derby Cllr Paul Pegg
All-round sound, stage lighting and drapes now adorning a Derby Community Centre was made possible by Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles’ grant of profits confiscated from criminals by the police.
The Commissioner, who this week presented a plaque to the Mackworth Estate Community Association to mark their refurbishment grant, said today: “I am delighted to be able to support worthwhile community projects like this one which make such a big difference to the lives of local people.”
He had awarded his grant of £19,750 to the Association from his NICE (Neighbourhoods Investing Criminal Earnings) Fund last September. This was one of five awards – totalling £131,684 – that he made from the fund to community projects aimed at improving the local environment and discouraging offending.
“The Mackworth Association is a voluntary organisation made up of residents who have worked hard for their community,” Mr Charles said. “I congratulate them on their efforts which mean that more than 3,000 residents, including youngsters, now have the benefit of a refurbished centre where they can come together for events and functions.”
Launched last year, the Commissioner’s NICE Fund is made up of money seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act. This is seen as an important tool for attacking criminality by seizing assets that have been generated as a result of criminal activity such as theft of property, cars and jewellery.
“All of us are touched in some way by crime, so I can think of nothing better than to put the ill-gotten gains of criminals back into our communities,” the Commissioner commented.
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Posted on Monday 15th February 2016