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Mountain Rescue group gains police cash

Posted 19 December 2011
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A junior Mountain Rescue club in the Yorkshire Dales will be able to buy some new equipment, thanks to a donation of seized criminal assets.

Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association Outdoors Club in Grassington will receive £2,040 for the purchase of items such as climbing ropes, helmets and harnesses.

The organisation is one of 14 around North Yorkshire and the City of York chosen by the force to receive cash acquired under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2004.

It means that what were once ill-gotten gains can be used to aid walkers, climbers and potholers in the national park who get into trouble.

The club also helps to encourage young people to get outdoors more and has 60 members aged between 12 and 18.

Another rescue organisation based in the area and set to get more help with funding and supplies is Cave Rescue.

Following a recent visit to the organisation's headquarters in Clapham, North Yorkshire, MP for Skipton and Ripon Julian Smith said he would use his position as part of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Mountain Rescue to seek government funding for its work.
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