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Security boost thanks to money awarded by Commissioner

3 June, 2016

Clive and Iain 2New security measures to prevent anti-social behaviour at a Preston community centre have been installed using money seized from Lancashire criminals.

Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw visited the Intact Centre, on Whitby Avenue, Ingol, to see how £13,853 recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act is helping to tackle crime in the area.

The Ingol and Tanterton Community Trust (Intact), which has been broken into and targeted by vandals in recent months, was announced as one of 15 organisations to get a share of almost £500,000 in February. The money has paid for CCTV cameras, gates and shutters on the windows.

Mr Grunshaw said: “I am pleased to see that money taken from criminals in Lancashire has been used to help tackle crime and make this neighbourhood safer.

“I have seen first-hand what an asset the building and the people who work there are to the community and it is disappointing a small minority of people have not shown them the respect they deserve. But I am committed to tackling crime and anti-social behaviour in Lancashire and this grant gives Intact the security to continue its good work with the residents of Ingol and Tanterton.”

CCTV GRABMore than 90 applications, totalling around £3.6m, were received under the Commissioner’s POCA scheme. Grants of between £5,000 and £100,000 were awarded to those that met set criteria and help achieve the Commissioner’s priorities of reducing crime, protect
ing vulnerable people, supporting victims and defending frontline policing.

Clive with staff and residentsIain Mackie, young persons services manager at Intact, said: “Having a safe and secure building is not only important for the organisation, but helps our service users and local residents feel safe and secure.

“This funding has already enabled us to identify people committing anti-social behaviour around the premises will be a deterrent for any further damage to the centre.”

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