MONEY from the sale of items taken from criminals is being used to support community groups.

Matthew Barber, police and crime commissioner for the Thames Valley, launched the £100,000 fund on Monday.

The Community Fund is intended to support voluntary and community groups which help prevent crime.

Money for the scheme comes from the Police Property Act Fund, which is created from the sale of items seized from criminals that cannot be returned to their rightful owners.

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Thames Valley Police chief constable John Campbell said: “Our officers and staff work hard to get justice for victims.

“For certain types of investigations, this can include seizing assets from those who seek to make a living from crime.

“These funds can then be used to fund a variety of worthy work across the Thames Valley.”

Organisations can apply for either a micro grant (under £1,000) or larger grant (more than £5,000).

The closing date for this round of applications is October 3.

Successful recipients will be invited to attend a presentation ceremony, due to be held in November.