Criminals’ cash used to buy young footballers’ kit

Chief Constable Mike Barton with the young footballers at Shotton Community Park.
Chief Constable Mike Barton with the young footballers at Shotton Community Park.
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CASH from criminals has been used to kit out young footballers.

 Money seized by operations to crack down on organised crime, as part of Operation Sledgehammer, has funded the new strip for the Shotton Colts club.

Detective Chief Inspector Victoria Fuller, from Durham Police’s serious and organised crime unit, said: “Local neighbourhood officers identified the Colts as a really good local cause and, as their local police force, we felt it was an excellent opportunity to give back to our communities.

“Not only that, it presented us with the ideal way in which to engage with our younger communities in an area where we have effectively disrupted organised criminals. We hope the Sledgehammer football shirts help them to be positive about the police and to see the work we do in the community in a positive light.”

In the last financial year Durham Constabulary obtained orders to recover £421,000 from convicted criminals.