Charities and groups in Hartlepool £5k better off thanks to cops selling stolen goods

PCSO Graham Handley with Barry Coppinger in Murray Street
PCSO Graham Handley with Barry Coppinger in Murray Street

CHARITIES and organisations in Hartlepool are more than £5,000 better off thanks to cash raised by police through the sale of recovered stolen goods.

The Police and Crime Commissioner Property Act Fund is created through the sales of recovered stolen items or properties where police are unable to trace the owner.

Cleveland PCC Barry Coppinger then considers applications from local voluntary and community groups who would benefit from receiving some of the cash.

Since August last year, Mr Coppinger has supported nine charitable groups in Hartlepool to the tune of more than £5,000.

Amongst those given the cash boost were Hartlepool People Centre, which received £2,000 in support of subsidising services run at the facility, Hartlepool & District Hospice which is £1,000 better off, which will all go towards a new CCTV system and Belle Vue Youth and Community Sports Centre which was awarded £945.

Haswell Avenue Allotment Association received £750 to buy crime prevention equipment following a number of break-ins at the site while the Bridge Community Association, in the town, was awarded £700 towards hiring a venue to enable community meetings to be held.

Mr Coppinger also handed the 1st Hartlepool Girls’ Brigade £600 to help pay for an activity weekend for young members and almost £550 was given to The Orb Centre, which helps residents on the search for work in the town.

The Making a Difference scheme received £200 while local Sunday league football team Hartlepool Football Club was awarded £430 towards pitch fees for a season to involve young people who were previously involved in anti-social behaviour.

Mr Coppinger, who visited Hartlepool on Monday when he launched his Police and Crime Plan for the next year, said: “I have supported more than 40 projects across Cleveland through the Police Property Act and nine of those were in Hartlepool.

“The Police Property Act fund allows us to support these charitable organisations which perhaps need that financial boost and it’s great to have supported so many worthy causes.”