Money went to the Caldecott Foundation

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Kent Police has donated over two thousand pounds to charity after seizing money from a criminal.

A cheque for £2065 was presented to the Caldecott Foundation in Smeeth who help vulnerable young children.

The money will be used to build a conservatory at Willow Trees, one of the foundation’s homes, which prepares young people for going back to live with a foster or birth family.

The cheque was presented after His Honour Judge Mahoney made a deprivation order at Canterbury Crown Court last month.

The money was seized from Gary Parkes, 29, of Forest Avenue, Ashford, following his conviction for drugs offences.

Kent Police financial investigator Mick Stockdale explained: ‘”The money has to be used in the area where the offender lived. I did some research and felt that the Caldecott Foundation is doing some much-needed work with children and would really benefit from this money.

“To me this is a way of taking money gained through crime out of the community and putting it back in to do some good.”

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