Crooks' cash funds youth projects

More than £29,000 of cash seized from crooks across Scotland is being invested in North Ayrshire in a bid to get young people off the streets.

The investment comes as the latest allocation of funds from the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities scheme has been announced.

More than £800,000 is to be pumped into communities across Scotland, with 115 projects in total receiving funding ranging from £533 to £23,736.

The funding has been issued as part of phase one of CashBack for Communities Youthlink Fund, set up to help support both existing and new diversionary events and activities for young people aged 10 to19 years.

In North Ayrshire, the Duke of Edinburgh Award New Start Project and Broomlands and Bourtreehill Baptist Church shared £29,000.

The Duke of Edinburgh scheme was given a whopping £22,910. And the Baptist Church was given £65,000.

• Full story at the Irvine Herald & Kilwinning Chronicle.