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Criminal goods are being used to fund communities in Northfleet and Swanley

PUBLISHED: 09:57 18 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:57 18 August 2017

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Events have been organised in Northfleet and Swanley

Property seized from convicted criminals has helped fund community projects in Swanley and Northfleet.

Northfleet Big Local received £750 from the police’s Communities Together Fund, putting on a talent show and a range of other activities on Sunday, August 13.

The £15,000 fund, created by police and crime commissioner Matthew Scott, uses money raised by Kent Police through seizing and auctioning off property from offenders.

PCC Matthew Scott said: “An important principle of criminal justice is to ensure that those who cause harm give back to victims and the communities they have hurt. I made a commitment at the start of the year to make offenders pay for the harm that they have caused and, through my Communities Together Fund, have been able to award more than £6,000 so far to groups to spend on sports equipment, community improvements and events.”

The fund is also going toward running a fun and games gift day at St Mary the Virgin Church in Swanley on Saturday, August 26, which starts at 2pm.

Father Dane Batley-Gladden from the church in London Road explained: “The Communities Together Fund has enabled the purchase of games and also for a leaflet to be distributed to every home in Swanley advertising the event. The event will bring together members of the community from across the whole town and the PCC’s funding has enabled the message to be spread widely and effectively.”

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