Cooking up a big donation

PCSO Kian Mokhtary and PC Graham Rowe with the toddlers.

PCSO Kian Mokhtary and PC Graham Rowe with the toddlers.

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A toddlers play group in North Shields has benefitted from the proceeds of crime.

Neighbourhood officers applied for play equipment for youngsters at St Aidan’s Stay and Play toddler group held at the community centre in Billy Mill Lane.

They received funding for a well equipped play kitchen as part of the government’s Community Cashback scheme which ploughs criminal assets into community projects.

North Shields Neighbourhood Sergeant Steve Nicholson said: “It’s good to see criminals putting something back into the local community through having the money and assets obtained through their criminal activities seized.

“The money, which has come from confiscating criminal assets such as houses and cars, is then put back into the hearts of our communities by Community Cashback.

“It’s great to see the cash taken from criminals is used productively to help local children at the Stay and Play toddler group.”

PCSO for the area, Kian Mokhtary, said: “We thought that the group deserved some help with new play equipment and it’s great to see the kids having fun with their new playset.”