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More funds to fight crime in Richmondshire

[Thursday 11 June 2009]

We must all support each other by being proactive in protecting our own

Liz Smith - RCSP

CRIMEFIGHTING projects designed to make Richmondshire an even safer place have been given a massive cash boost.

Richmondshire Community Safety Partnership (RCSP) has awarded £50,000 worth of grants to more than 30 schemes across the district that are working to tackle crime and disorder and to help keep Richmondshire safe.

The grants come as new figures show that Richmondshire is still one of the safest parts of the country in which to live, with RCSP being rated as the second best performing partnership in the country when compared to its most similar partnerships.

Schemes to benefit from the RCSP funding include:

  • Volunteer watch schemes in both Wensleydale and Swaledale,
  • A top-of-the-range youth “pod” (shelter) in Leyburn,
  • Support for a rural crime initiative to help police tackle thefts from rural locations,
  • Games nights in Colburn.

Liz Smith, Chair of RCSP, said: “These are challenging times, but we must continue to work together wherever we can to keep our communities safe. We must all support each other by being proactive in protecting our own property and being vigilant in our own neighbourhoods.”

Inspector Ian Thompson, North Yorkshire Police’s Richmondshire District Commander, said: “The bids submitted to the partnership are a clear sign that enthusiasm to support our Safer Neighbourhoods agenda is as strong as ever, and we look forward to seeing these projects make an impact over the next 12 months.”

For more information about the work RCSP does to make Richmondshire safer, visit richmondshire.gov.uk/rcsp.

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