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Money raised from criminal goods will go on protecting Gravesend party-goers and its arts centre on the Thames

PUBLISHED: 09:47 12 October 2017

Gravesend's arts centre on the River Thames, LV21, has received a £500 donation

Gravesend's arts centre on the River Thames, LV21, has received a £500 donation

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Both donations were handed over last month

Gravesend's Street Pastors organisation received £500 from the Kent Police Property Fund on board LV21 arts centre Gravesend's Street Pastors organisation received £500 from the Kent Police Property Fund on board LV21 arts centre

Volunteers helping Gravesend party-goers on a night out and a bright red ship housing an arts centre are the latest to profit from a police scheme.

The Street Pastors, and LV21 have received £500 each from the Kent Police Property Fund, which sells seized criminal goods and reinvests the money in the charities across the county.

Running since 2009, volunteers from Milton Road’s Methodist Church are out in the town centre every Friday and Saturday night, helping revellers find a safe way home and avoid getting in to any trouble.

On a typical night out, street pastors can take people back to the church for refuge, offer water to anyone worse for wear and even hand out flip flops to party-goers who have given up on their high heels.

Police sergeant Carli Deacon of Gravesham’s Community Safety Unit said: ‘“his donation will go a long way to helping Gravesham’s Street Pastors who give up their time to ensure others are kept safe.”

Based in St Andrews Quay in Royal Pier Road, the 40 metre LV21 ship has been transformed into an arts and performance facility.

Sgt Deacon added: “Many people benefit from this venue, so I hope the money can go a long way to help to continue to benefit the local community and its visitors.”

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