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Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely has welcomed £435,000 of funding to prevent crime and help victims through 12 projects taking place on the Island.

Police and Crime Commissioner Michael Lane has awarded the cash and the biggest recipient is youth crime prevention, which received a total of £237,600 based on 2 projects for the Isle of Wight and Hampshire.

Other initiatives to receive money either for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight or the Island alone include £40,000 for a stalking advocacy caseworker as part of a national programme, £34,000 for a LGBTQI hate crime support project to help victims, £24,500 to help children who have been exploited by criminals and £22,000 to help vulnerable victims of cybercrime.

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The projects include:

• Aurora New Dawn – £62,000 (2 projects)
• Hampshire Cultural Trust – £20,000
• SSAFA Hampshire – £1,300
• Changing Tunes – £9,000
• Age UK IW – £34,000
• Isle of Wight Youth Offending Team • £33,000 (2 projects)
• Revive Newport – £24,000
• South Wight Area Youth Partnership (SWAY) – £13,500
• Barnardo’s – £24,500
• Hampshire Youth Offending Team – £214,000

Bob Seely has said:

“This money will do much to help prevent crime across the Island and support a wide range of victims and it is most welcome.

“I have already made it clear that I will work hard to increase police resources to combat crime but these projects – some of them innovative and tailor made for the Island – have a big role to play.

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“These are important projects and I look forward to visiting some of them over the next year to see the good work they are doing.”

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