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CRIMINALS’ ill-gotten gains are being used to make a difference at the heart of our communities thanks to Hampshire police.

The force has donated £50,000 confiscated under the Proceeds of Crime Act to The Blue Lamp Trust.

Chief Constable Alex Marshall said: ‘I am delighted to be in the position to donate this money from the Asset Recovery Incentive Scheme to crime prevention and victim support charity the Blue Lamp Trust.

‘Criminals who have had their assets confiscated by a court, under the Proceeds of Crime Act, will now see those funds being invested in making our communities safer.’

The donated cash will support The Blue Lamp Trust’s Bobby Scheme, which provides safety advice as well as free locks and fittings to people whose property has been burgled and victims of domestic abuse.

Mark Bradford, the charity’s general manager, said: ‘It’s all about helping vulnerable victims feel safe once again in their homes where they really should feel most at ease.’