THOUSANDS of pounds seized from criminals has been handed out to community groups in Calderdale.
The grants – totalling more than £6,000 – have come from West Yorkshire Police’s Community Trust and given to organisations whose work is helping cut crime.
The recipients include Halifax Police Boxing Club, which was given £1,750 to replace equipment damaged after flooding and a break-in.
The club hopes to attract more young people and encourage them to become coaches.
Sharx Christian Youth Group, which meets at Christ Church Pellon in Halifax, was awarded £1,400 from the trust so that it can continue meeting.
Also given money was the St Andrew’s Methodist Youth Centre, which will use the £1,650 grant to provide creative workshops exploring issues effecting young people such as life changes and substance misuse.
The Himmat Project, based in Halifax, was given £1,750 to encourage young people to take place in football activities every Saturday. The project aims to recruit up to 150 young people who are at risk of falling into anti-social behaviour and use out reach workers to teach team-building, respect, cohesion and responsibility.
The community trust hands out money seized from criminals using the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police Sir Norman Bettison presented the money to the groups.
Chair of the trust, Allison Bainbridge, said: “All the work that goes on around the county often goes unseen but it is the tremendous commitment and determination shown by these groups that contributes greatly to the success of local policing.
“Without them, policing our streets would be much harder and I am delighted to be able to reward them all for their hard work and dedication.”