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Funding boost for local scout groups

Scout hut cheque presentation 11.05.2015

Cheque presentation for £6,000 at the partially built scout hut in Consett

Over 200 young people in Consett are set to benefit from £6,000 of further funding, thanks to a combined cash boost from Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg and Durham Constabulary.

1st Consett and 1st Blackhill scout groups have nearly finished building a £370,000 scout headquarters and required £6,000 to finish the project.

Mr Hogg and Durham Constabulary contributed £3,000 each, when they presented the cheque to the scout groups on Monday [11th May].

So far, much-needed funding has already been sourced from local councillors, businesses and charities, as well as £42,000 of cash from the Constabulary's Proceeds of Crime Fund, which was appropriately re-invested into the local community, after being seized from criminals in the area.

Lyn Peart, Temporary Detective Chief Inspector of Durham Constabulary said: "Durham Constabulary are pleased to use money that has been recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) to assist in the rebuilding of this scouting venue in Consett.  POCA legislation enables us to seize money gained from criminal activity in County Durham & Darlington allowing us to support community initiatives, as in this instance."

Mr Hogg said: "It is important that money seized from local criminal activity is given back to the community. This long-awaited building will have so many benefits, not only for the young people as part of their learning with scouts, but to the community as a whole.

"I am delighted that this final amount of funding will enable the scout hut to be completed and enjoyed by local residents for many years to come."

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Photograph (L-R): Mr Keith Slater (Group Scout Leader for 1st Consett Scouts), Lyn Peart (Durham Constabulary), Mrs Carol Smith (Scout group Treasurer), and Ron Hogg (Durham Police and Crime Commissioner).

Posted on Monday 11th May 2015
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