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Preston city centre youth scheme to reduce anti-social behaviour receives cash boost

Posted on - 22nd January, 2024 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Campaigns, Charities, Crime, Friargate, Lancashire Police, Preston Bus Station, Preston City Centre, Preston Locations, Preston News, South Ribble Locations, South Ribble News
Police and Crime Commissioner Andrew Snowden, on Fishergate in Preston. Pic: Lancashire Constabulary
Police and Crime Commissioner Andrew Snowden, on Fishergate in Preston. Pic: Lancashire Constabulary

Schemes across Preston and Lancashire which aim to deter crime and keep people safe have been provided with over £30,000 in funding by Police and Crime Commissioner, Andrew Snowden.

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The ‘Safer Lancashire Neighbourhoods Fund’ has seen PCC Snowden use cash seized from criminals, putting it back into the communities that offenders have damaged.

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The schemes include projects ‘IMPACT!’ and ‘RESTORE,’ which have both been awarded £10,000.

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A collaboration between several partners, including The Foxton Centre and Preston Bus Station, the ‘RESTORE’ project aims to reduce anti-social behaviour in Preston by facilitating staff training and youth engagement initiatives.

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‘IMPACT!’ is based in Chorley and South Ribble, a project to educate young people about engaging in criminal behaviour, run in conjunction with C.E.L.L.S and Natural High.

The initiatives support the delivery of the Commissioner’s Fighting Crime Plan, engaging people in the communities to make the county safer.

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Since launching in March 2022, The ‘Safer Lancashire Neighbourhoods Fund’ has supported almost 70 projects, with nearly £1.4 million provided to schemes to fight criminals.

Commissioner, Andrew Snowden said: “I’m really pleased to invest more money, taken from criminals by our hard-working police officers and staff, putting it back into the fight against crime.

“These projects join the others that I’ve backed, making a difference across every area of Lancashire.

“These groups know their communities, engage with local policing teams and other key partners, and work in a joined-up way to protect people and address local concerns.

“It’s even better knowing we’re using money taken from criminals, to make these areas stronger and support enforcement.

“I’ll keep working closely with the Chief Constable to make sure we’re doing what the public wants – punishing those who make life hard for others and keeping Lancashire safe.”

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