Criminals' cash benefits groups
CLUBS and groups across Newquay are celebrating after receiving a cash boost from the Cornwall Community Cashback scheme.
The partnership between the Cornish Guardian and Devon and Cornwall Police saw £12,000 distributed across the county.
The money was recovered by the force from criminals under the Proceeds Of Crime Act.
The winning groups were handed their prizes by Chief Inspector Shaun Kenneally and Cornish Guardian editor Zena O'Rourke at a presentation ceremony at the police office in Bodmin last week.
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Among the winners in Newquay were Treviglas College's geocaching project, Newquay Christian Centre's H20 Youth scheme and the Bodmin and Newquay Police Cadets.
Clare Thompson, extended services manager at Treviglas College, explained what the £350 boost would do for them.
"Geocaching is modern-day treasure-hunting for kids using GPS systems," she said.
"People can hide items in pots and then you go out and find them, using a GPS system.
"It can be anything from something as small as a thimble to something much larger.
"The idea is to get people outdoors and active. I wanted to give young people and families the chance to do it. It is something I am interested in personally, and when I explained it to the kids they said to me, 'this is so cool'.
"The money will help us to purchase the GPS systems needed to get the club going."
Jamie Price, youth pastor at Newquay Christian Centre, said the money will enable them to continue providing a safe environment for the town's youth to hang out.
"We have a number of different clubs running at the Christian Centre; all of these are community-based projects," he said.
"For the work we do here we obviously have a lot of overheads and costs. As a church we obviously rely on the congregation to help us do what we do, so this money will help us very much."
Chief Inspector Kenneally said: "This scheme is a fantastic opportunity to put some much-needed funding into some excellent and very worthy voluntary groups across East Cornwall.
"I was impressed by the time and passion being put into such good causes in our communities by those attending the awards ceremony and I wish them well.
"Devon and Cornwall Police are committed to ensuring that crime does not pay and to confiscate money and assets through the courts. If anyone has any information that would assist us call 101 or call Crimestoppers, on 0800 555111."