Cash boost for projects helping to fight crime

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A POLICE charity has donated almost £16,000 to community projects on both banks of the Humber.

The High Sheriffs’ and Humberside Police Tribune Trust has made awards to seven diverse projects across the region at its autumn meeting.

The biggest grant, of £6,500, goes to work on rehabilitating offenders through the Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust at its Bridges residential centre in Hull.

Former offenders in Grimsby will be aided by outreach support work, through a £2,500 grant to the Harbour Place Centre for the homeless.

The centre, which helps people access drug and alcohol services and advice on health issues, has won national recognition for its work.

Army Cadets in Withernsea are working with veterans through the Royal British Legion to record and broadcast their stories after securing a grant of £1,000.

The same award will support the Driffield and District Skate and BMX Park, a facility used by youngsters from across the East Riding for the past eight years.

A grant of £2,250 was awarded to Voluntary Action North East Lincolnshire to fund the provision of home security equipment at the homes of vulnerable people, including victims of domestic violence, burglary and hate crimes.

Basketball’s governing body was awarded £500 to fund an all nations basketball tournament held in Hull and Scunthorpe.

The trust has also been informed that the Humberside Crimestoppers Board, which it helped establish, is now financially viable and planning a number of campaigns.

Trust director Geoff Ogden said: “The seven awards together with the Crimestoppers work is sharply focused on our objectives of citizenship, sport, vulnerable victims, substance misuse, repeat offenders, reducing and detecting crime.”

In summer the trust awarded more than £20,000 to 14 community anti-crime projects,