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Seized goods on their way to help the poor.


helping hands With the seized items being sent to poor countries are (from left) charity international projects manager Ross Galbraith, Supt Nigel Hibbert, Pc Lisa Harley and Alex Haxton, director of operations for World Emergency Relief

Police sending haul to Africa

A MASSIVE haul of items seized by police in Huddersfield is being sent to poor countries.

A police operation in the town ended with a raid.

Police seized hundreds of items, including medic- ines, batteries, confectionery and razor blades.

A man has been charged with several offences and is due to appear before Huddersfield magistrates.

He faces charges, including handling stolen goods, the acquisition of criminal property and the concealment of criminal property.

Pc Lisa Harley set about finding a suitable charity for the property.

London-based World Emergency Relief fitted the bill.

Pc Hartley said: "It would have been ridiculous to destroy the items when they can help so many projects overseas.

"They will go directly to people who will bene- fit."

The charity's director of operations, Alex Haxton, said: "We have projects going on across the world, from sports schemes in South Africa through to building schools in Uganda.

"We work in about 25 countries and think the medicines from Huddersfield will be sent to southern Sudan where there is no health infrastructure.

"We are very grateful for anything like this," he said.

World Emergency Relief works closely with another charity, Glasgow Caring City International Relief Aid, which ships the aid overseas.

Between them the charities send about 15 tons of aid overseas each week.

The Scottish charity's international projects manager, Ross Galbraith, said: "We pack up and ship out everything from batteries up to vehicles and school equipment.

"It's fantastic to think that people like Lisa think about helping others and make such an effort to track a suitable charity down."

Supt Nigel Hibbert, of Kirklees Police, said: "Generally speaking, where we recover stolen property we normally restore it to its owner.

"But sometimes the owner cannot be traced and the items are destroyed.

"In this case that would be a terrible waste when the items can do good for others."
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Mar 15, 2007
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