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Criminal goods help raise £500 for Istead Rise Scouts

PUBLISHED: 09:26 25 August 2017

Kent Police's David West together with Istead Rise Scouts and volunteer Jamie Whittaker

Kent Police's David West together with Istead Rise Scouts and volunteer Jamie Whittaker

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Kent Police made the donation this week

Property taken from criminals caught by Kent Police has helped support a group of scouts this week.

The 1st Istead Rise Scouts Group was handed £500 from the Kent Police Property Fund on Tuesday, which will go toward new kayak equipment, getting more youngsters out on the water.

Unclaimed property and items seized during police operations are auctioned off by Kent Police, with the money put back into the property fund to support local causes around the county.

David West from Kent Police’s Public Protection Unit met with group volunteers Jamie and Lisa Whittaker to make the donation.

“It is so gratifying to meet people who work hard to improve the lives of others and Jamie and Lisa are no exception,” said Mr West.

“I’m sure they will put the funds to good use, which will in turn allow the young scouts to continue enjoying learning new skills which will be helpful throughout their lives.”

In May, the scouts group returned its base in Downs Road, nine years after they were forced to leave over safety fears.

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