Huge windfall to help keep the streets safe

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MORE than £100,000 is being pumped into projects in the Portsmouth area to support young people, reduce anti-social behaviour and stop re-offending.

Several bodies are benefitting from the windfall of almost £550,000 from the police and crime commissioner for Hampshire, Simon Hayes.

Among the beneficiaries are: Leigh Park’s Big World Impact youth project (£23,000), Fareham Community Safety Partnership (£21,000), Gosport School Pastors (£3,500), Gosport Community Safety Partership (£6,336), Pompey in the Community (£40,000), Safer Havant Partnership (£2,765), Safer Portsmouth Partnership (£12,500), and Portsmouth City Council’s 4U Project (£6,000).

Mr Hayes said: ‘My funding will invest in schemes which address a variety of challenging issues, ranging from tackling anti-social behaviour and business crime, to protecting vulnerable older people. Many of the projects take innovative approaches to support disadvantaged or hard to reach groups.’

One of the county-wide schemes to benefit is KeepOut, which has been awarded £5,000. It works with potential young offenders and gets them to meet serving prisoners to find out the realities of life in jail.