People across north Wales have chosen which community projects are to benefit from the money seized from criminals in the region.
Following a public online vote, two projects in each county have been awarded grants of up to £3500 towards reducing crime in their local area.
The grants have been distributed under the Participatory Budgeting Fund set up by Police and Crime Commissioner Winston Roddick (pictured right) and partly funded with money seized by North Wales Police under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
The fund was launched at the beginning of November and community groups were invited to bid for grants to help cut crime and reduce anti-social behaviour.
A total of 73 projects were submitted and later shortlisted to five per county area following a panel discussion involving police, local authority and community representatives.
Commissioner Winston Roddick said: “It is only right that money recovered from those who commit crimes against people in north Wales should go back to benefit local communities.
“This small grants initiative goes a step further by allowing the public to decide on where and how it should be spent.”
The programme was coordinated by PACT (Police and Communities Trust), operated through North Wales Police.
North wales Police Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Simon Shaw said: “I would like to congratulate the groups on their success in securing funding for their initiatives.
“The worthy recipients cover a wide-range of interesting and exciting projects that will help enhance local communities. What makes this even more worthwhile is that they are being funded by money we’ve taken from criminals.
“I look forward to hearing about the development of the winning projects.”
The successful groups, by county, are:
ANGLESEY: Plas Road Allotment Project, Holyhead (£3500); Valley Community Group (£3301)
CONWY: Llandudno Junction FC (£3500); Llanrwst Junior Football Club (£3300)
DENBIGHSHIRE: Prestatyn Youth Centre (£1150); St Asaph Football Club (£2000)
FLINTSHIRE: Saltney Ferry Scout/Guide Group (£3500); DangerPoint (£3500)
GWYNEDD: Gwarchod Bermo Watch, Barmouth (£3500); Noddfa Community Church, Caernarfon (£3500)
WREXHAM: Wrexham Street Pastors (£3500); Groundworks North Wales, Alyn Waters, Wrexham (£3500)