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Bucks support groups benefit from property seized from criminals

The money comes from Thames Valley Police and will be used to help with the response to COVID-19.

Published by Dan Gooding at 11:56am 13th May 2020. 3-minute read.

Bucks support groups benefit from property seized from criminals

Buckinghamshire groups have received a share of over £100,000 thanks to the Thames Valley Police emergency funding. 

Those supporting victims of crime, like Aylesbury Vale and Milton Keynes Sexual Assault and Abuse Support Service receiving £2,000 being one example.

Others supporting the vulnerable also get some cash.

The Fund, jointly managed by the PCC and Chief Constable, is created from money recovered by the police and the proceeds from the sale of items that cannot be returned to identified owners, including seizures from criminals. In response to the impact of COVID-19, an emergency funding round was launched last month.

There were 209 applications to the latest funding round, seeking in excess of £1 million, and 32 organisations were successful in receiving funding of between £692 and £8,000.

Some examples are:

  • Wycombe Homeless Connection £7,500
  • Lindengate Mental Health charity £2,000
  • Aylesbury Women's Aid £692
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Lindengate Mental Health Charity in Wendover are one of the groups benefiting

Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, said:

"Community and voluntary organisations have been playing a vital role in supporting Thames Valley Police with the emergency response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Both the Chief Constable and I were keen to open this emergency funding round to provide vital grant funds to support their efforts. 

"We were inundated with applications, seeking a total of more than £1million in funding, and I wish we could have supported more of the excellent bids. I look forward to seeing the positive impact that this funding has for the successful applicants and the public."

John Campbell, Chief Constable for Thames Valley Police, said:

"Both the Police and Crime Commissioner and I are pleased to announce more than £103,000 has been awarded to 32 voluntary and community groups across the Thames Valley. This is the most bids we have ever received for the PPAF and it has been a very difficult task to choose the successful applicants. 

"This funding will support projects which have been supporting our response to the outbreak. It is vital that we all work together at a time like this and we hope that the funding will help people across our communities."

This is the first round of the PPAF for 2020/2021 and there is set to be another round later in the year. 

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