Grants to community groups to cut crime

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Hampshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner is releasing almost £140,000 to crime-fighting initiatives.

Simon Hayes will give the money in grants of up to £5,000 to projects across the area

He said: ‘Since taking office six months ago I have travelled extensively across Hampshire and Isle of Wight. In this time I have met many individuals, groups and organisations who play a proactive role in keeping our neighbourhoods safe.

‘Much of this impressive work is carried out by volunteers who freely offer their time for the benefit of their communities. Often this is accomplished with little or no money to cover the cost of equipment or facilities.

‘I commend and support their work and by offering these grants, I know that communities across the two counties will continue to profit from their endeavours and our neighbourhoods will remain safer for everyone.’

The money will be released in three stages between July and January.

To apply for the cash go to bit.ly/Z36MTl.