Money recovered from a police investigation targeting county lines operations and associated violent crimes has been awarded to the Volunteers Network.

PC Pete Clarke worked with the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team to secure the £1,000 donation from the Police Property Act Fund (PPAF) – a pot of money made up from the sale of found property and from property confiscated by order of court and then sold.

The funds will go towards the security infrastructure of Langney Community Centre and the Etchingham Road and Langney community.

Peter Finnis from the Volunteers Network said: “This is a fantastic example of community working in partnership.

“Our relationship with the local policing team is so valuable and, thanks to the efforts of PC Clarke in this matter, real strides can be made in targeting crime in order to provide the local community with the safety and security it deserves.

“We look forward to many more opportunities to work together for the betterment of all in the future.”

PC Clarke added: “We are delighted to be able to award the Volunteers Network with these funds, following a significant police operation which is targeting county lines drugs supply and associated violent crime.

“The funds awarded will help to support the local community with improved security features and go towards implementing a sustainable legacy for the area.”

PC Clarke also wanted to thank the Volunteers Network for their continued support and passionate enthusiasm in supporting this work.

For more on the PPAF and how to apply click here