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Cricket club benefits from crime

Cornwood Cricket Club in Iybridge now have new kit | (Image: Devon & Cornwall Police)

Crook money pays for new equipment

South Devon Police have used money confiscated from criminals to provide a local cricket club with essential equipment in Ivybridge.

Located in the Dartmoor National Park, Cornwood Cricket Club was recently awarded over £600 from the police’s Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) to fund equipment for the 5-8 and 8-11 age groups.

The club used the money to purchase vital equipment such as training balls, stumps and warm up equipment. Machinery was also purchased that helps to clear the field of water after a run of bad weather so that children could continue to play cricket.

Cornwood Cricket Club offer young people a chance to learn a range of key life and social skills, as well as develop an interest in sport. It’s fantastic that we’re able use this money to support local groups like this.”

A representative from the said: “Thanks to the POCA funds, we were able to purchase some great new equipment to help support our dynamos and all-stars cricket program that helps children aged 5-11 get into cricket."

Teams provide grants to local projects, charities, and groups, supporting community initiatives such as youth sports and food banks.

In 2023, Devon & Cornwall Police allocated almost £6,700 from the POCA fund to aid South Devon projects.

They plan to extend their support in 2024 for more community causes.

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