Crime pays for local charities

Sgt Paul Steenson hands over a cheque to Extra Care representatives Joanne Kerr, Fiona Bunting and Julia Andrews. INNT38-507CON
Sgt Paul Steenson hands over a cheque to Extra Care representatives Joanne Kerr, Fiona Bunting and Julia Andrews. INNT38-507CON
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Newtownabbey Neighbourhood Police have presented two local charities with cheques totalling more than £1,600.

The money, which came from the proceeds of crime, was donated to Extra Care, a charity which provides care for elderly and vulnerable people in their own homes, and Newtownabbey Racers Special Olympics club at an informal get together at Newtownabbey police station last week.

Sergeant Paul Steenson from the Newtownabbey Neighbourhood Team explained: “The money was seized by officers from local criminal gangs and it was decided that we should use those funds to give back to the local community.

“We looked at a number of options before deciding that Extra Care and the Newtownabbey Racers were both exceptionally good causes and deserved support. I am proud and privileged to be able to take ill-gotten gains away from the worst in our society and donate it to the very best.”

Each of the good causes benefited from a much needed funding injection of more than £800.

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