Charity benefits from criminals’ cash

Staff and workers at the Walled Garden shop in Ripon which opened in December. The charity has received nearly �3,000 from a North Yorkshire Police campaign. (S)
Staff and workers at the Walled Garden shop in Ripon which opened in December. The charity has received nearly �3,000 from a North Yorkshire Police campaign. (S)
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More than £2,000 of criminal cash has been donated to a Ripon charity.

Ripon Community Link Walled Garden Scheme has been given £2,856 by North Yorkshire Police’s Why Should They? Campaign.

The force made £25,000 available to local organisations across the county, whose work makes a contribution to the prevention of anti-social behaviour and crime.

The money had been seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) by North Yorkshire Police’s Financial Investigation Unit.

Head of the unit, Detective Inspector Ian Wills, said: “Once again, we are extremely impressed at the extent of the fantastic work going on in our communities to improve life for local people.

“It is an understatement to say it gives us great pleasure to be able to give something back to help keep these invaluable projects going. Especially when the cash has been taken from criminals.

The winners were chosen through a scoring system which took into account the number of people who would benefit from their project, the quality of the management plan to deliver it and the group’s previous service to the community.

Ripon Walled Garden Scheme started in 1990 and provides work placements and support services to people with learning disabilities, mental health problems and offenders.

It helps develop social skills, confidence and increased integration within the local community. It provides work placements for adults from the local community, young people from Barnardo’s Springhill School and offenders, in partnership with York and North Yorkshire Probation Trust, the Youth Offending Team and Northallerton Prison.

The gardens are situated at the former Bishop’s Palace walled gardens and are open as a free community amenity with more than 3,500 visitors each year, and recently opened their own shop on the grounds.

The cash will go towards the cost of a partnership development worker, and materials to develop the visitor centre.