Cash made from crime goes to boosting safety on street

Street Angels get �900 from money seized by police.'Pictured are Paul Sloman and DS Bill Hargreaves
Street Angels get �900 from money seized by police.'Pictured are Paul Sloman and DS Bill Hargreaves
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HUNDREDS of pounds seized from criminals has been given to a team trying to make Calderdale’s streets safer.

Calderdale police’s Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) squad has handed over £900 to Halifax Street Angels to help with their work.

The POCA officers work to seize cash from offenders through confiscation and forfeiture orders.

Their aim, they say, is to demonstrate that if people commit crime they will not be able enjoy the benefits.

The squad was set up two years ago and has so far collected over £800,000, making them one of the top three best-performing teams of their kind in West Yorkshire.

The money is either distributed to community groups, like the Street Angels, or ploughed into crime prevention

Detective Sergeant Bill Hargreaves, who leads the POCA officers, said: “We are pursuing the people who are trying to benefit from the proceeds of crime.

“This money is going back into the community, helping the people of Calderdale by making the streets safer at night.”

The Street Angels were founded five years ago by Paul Blakey who has since been awarded an MBE.

They have a dedicated team of around 30 volunteers, with between nine and 12 working each night.

What started as one team in Halifax has since blossomed to a staggering 70 across the whole of Britain. There are now Street Angels from Scotland to Cornwall, and the Halifax group have had interest from as far away as Brazil, Australia and even Africa. Anyone who suspects people of living off the proceeds of crime should call CrimeStoppers on 0800 555111.