PSNI give drugs cash to Cookstown charity

TIPSA representatives are presented with a cheque for over �4,000 from Cookstown PSNI officers.
TIPSA representatives are presented with a cheque for over �4,000 from Cookstown PSNI officers.

A LOCAL charity has been given a welcome financial boost after police donated money seized in the course of a drugs investigation.

Alcohol and drugs awareness organisation, TIPSA, received a total of £4,037.08 from Cookstown PSNI.

The money was made available as a result of disposal of cash ordered by the courts recently.

Cookstown PSNI Inspector Hazel Reid said, “We are delighted that this money is going to a good cause and will serve TIPSA well in their continuing work to tackle the blight of drugs and alcohol misuse in our community.”

Welcoming the donation, project co-ordinator Eugene O’Goan, said, “This money will go where it is needed most, by enhancing service delivery and access to help for those who live in the Cookstown and Magherafelt council areas and beyond.

“It is true to say we are overwhelmed by this donation and will make sure it has an impact where it is needed on a local level.

“We pride ourselves on our community based approach and this money will ensure that we can keep doing what we do to try and help communities and individuals protect themselves around the negative consequences of the misuse of alcohol and other drugs.”

Eugene also thanked the PSNI and Courts Service as well as Lord Morrow of the DUP for their public support, and commented on the good relationship that existed with the other beneficiaries of this donation, Breakthru.

“In this line of work, partnership and trust are vital to ensure that communities get the best services, in the right place and at the right time. We will strive to maintain and develop these relationships further so we can all work together to make things safer in our communities” he added.