Cash boost to cut crime and support victims

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A CASH boost of more than £164,000 is being shared between local groups to reduce crime and support victims.

Hampshire’s police and crime commissioner Simon Hayes announced grants totalling £164,899 to organisations in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight delivering a range of projects.

A total of £126,795 Innovation Grant funding will be shared between eight organisations for projects delivering schemes, including support for victims of child sexual abuse and youth intervention schemes to reduce anti-social behaviour and drug and alcohol misuse.

A further 14 organisations will be awarded £38,104 in Small Grants funding to support projects working to reduce crime and support victims.

Recipients in this area include Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Service, Hampshire Constabulary and Gosport Community Safety Partnership.

Mr Hayes said: ‘Thanks to these grants, 22 local organisations will now benefit from this additional financial support which has been carefully allocated to create long term solutions to challenging issues.

‘This funding will help to make real for thousands of people in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight the priorities set out in the Police and Crime Plan.

‘This is supporting victims, reducing reoffending and reducing anti-social behaviour.’