Police funds from stolen property given to Ditchling group

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Stolen property recovered by Sussex Police has been used to boost a community project in Plumpton.

When the rightful owners of stolen goods can’t be identified, the proceeds are distributed back to the community.

Young people living in a rural community are frequently disadvantaged in so far as access to social activities is concerned.

Reg Stone

Plumpton Youthspace, a project which provides a social meeting place for young people from 11 to 15 years old from Plumpton and East Chiltington, has been given £400 by Sussex Police.

Reg Stone, Chairman of Youthspace and the Village Action Plan said: “Young people living in a rural community are frequently disadvantaged in so far as access to social activities is concerned. Public transport is, at best, poor and there is a limit on the resources of parents in ferrying their offspring around.

“With Youthspace we aim to provide an informal meeting place that will also introduce some activities that the youngsters actually want to participate in.

“We employ a fully qualified youth worker although his task is not to dictate what goes on but rather to work with the young members to provide an environment in which they are happy and wish to participate.”

Plumpton Youthspace has its own Youth Committee giving youngsters a chance to organise events they want to be part of.

“It is heartening that the Sussex Police Force utilises the proceeds of crime that cannot be returned to the rightful owners to benefit the community in this way,” added Reg.

“It means that, eventually, some good can come out of bad.”

The group has so far met a Graffiti Artist and DJ and have also organised a disco. The police grant will be used to cover the costs of the events.

Plumpton Youthspace was started in 2014 by Plumpton Village Action Plan.