Crime does pay – for local community

Nearly £40,000 taken from local criminals has been put back into the community thanks to Salford’s Community Safety Partnership.

The group, which brings together Salford City Council, Greater Manchester Police, services such as probation and youth justice and local housing associations has made good use of money seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The law is designed to prevent criminals from benefiting from their crimes and is used as a key part of Project Gulf’s work to disrupt organised crime in Salford. The nationally recognised project also works with young people to help them stay away from crime and make better life choices.

Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community safety, said: “We’ve spread the funding across all areas of the city to maximise the benefit.

“It has paid for a wide variety of things from measures to help people feel safer in their own homes and new CCTV cameras to coffee mornings and community events to reduce social isolation and bring people together.

“It’s good to see this money being put to positive use.”

Police Superintendent Howard Millington of GMP’s Salford Borough, said: “Targeting those who profit from serious and organised crime in Salford and help bring them to justice is something we just couldn’t do without the dedicated work of our specialist officers and partners.

“Taking thousands of pounds of illicit gains and putting it back into Salford is just what communities need to help rebuild what serious and organised criminals often rip apart.”

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Date published
Wednesday 13 March 2019

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