More than £140,000 seized from criminals to be handed to community groups in West Midlands

More than £140,000 seized from criminals will be handed out to groups to help those most affected by Covid-19 across the West Midlands.

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Waheed Saleem revealed more than 30 organisations would receive a slice of the £143,785 cash pot.

The money is paid out through the Communities Initiatives Fund which was launched in May last year in response to the impact of the pandemic.

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Waheed Saleem said: "I am delighted that we have been able to fund over 30 organisations in this latest tranche and plough £143,785, seized from criminals, back into the community.”

"It is wonderful to see how many organisations are still working incredibly hard to support our communities as we recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. This was shown through the number of brilliant, and worthy, applications we received.”

Sandwell-based dance charity Time Step Dance, who provide free dance and performing arts classes to children and young people in the area, have received funding.

They are joined by Birmingham's Erdington Street Pastors who work "on the ground" to actively engage with members of the public to listen and support them.

The fund is for projects that are supporting those who have been most affected by the pandemic, such as the extremely isolated and the youth. This funding comes from cash seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act and the money can't be spent on recruiting officers.

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