Police put crooks’ cash at community’s heart

PC Kay Greenwood pictured with staff and service users. p306b320
PC Kay Greenwood pictured with staff and service users. p306b320
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Generous bobbies have donated bicycles and cash seized from criminals to help a Featherstone care centre get its residents on the road.

Featherstone Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) has given seven bicycles and £750 of cash confiscated from crooks under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) to Millennium Care Services .

NPT officers decided to help donate and fund some exercise equipment after speaking to residents and staff at regular coffee mornings and visits to the Station Lane centre.

PC Kay Greenwood, from the NPT, said: “Normanton and Featherstone NPT have had community involvement with Millennium Care for some time and therefore when we were in a position to help them with a donation we were more than happy to do so as it is such a worthwhile cause.

Eleven adults spent several weeks sprucing up the bikes and used the money to buy safety equipment such as helmets.

The residents have since been able to cycle around the district to improve their fitness and work on their co-ordination skills and balance.

Leanne Mullarkey, activity organiser at the home, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic. All of the residents appreciate everything the police have done.

“A lot of them don’t have access to bikes at home, so it’s great they can get out and do activities now.”

A pot of money is available to fund community activities and projects when goods and money are taken back from criminals under POCA.