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Drugs cash helps Paignton's Hayes School plant sensory garden

By Herald Express  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

learning environment:   Pupils, from left, Evie Moorey, Finley Hammond and Miley Soby with Lisa Jones in the new garden     Andy Styles TQAS20131009C-002_C

learning environment: Pupils, from left, Evie Moorey, Finley Hammond and Miley Soby with Lisa Jones in the new garden Andy Styles TQAS20131009C-002_C

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SCHOOLCHILDREN in Paignton have benefited from cash seized from David Morrison and his gang as part of Operation Austin.

Hayes School has been given £1,500 by Devon and Cornwall Police using the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The idea is money which has been taken out of the community by criminals is put back and used for good.

Hayes School has refurbished and replanted its sensory garden.

Teacher Donna Strong said it would not have been possible without the money.

She said: "It was about a year ago the police asked if we had a project on which some money could be spent.

"I said I could think of a few, but the garden was looking a bit run down and I thought it would a good idea to buy some new things for it.

"Now it is more of a learning environment with new plants the children can touch and cushions where they can enjoy story-time.

"It is a wonderful place now and the children really enjoy it."

DC Mark Parfey said: "Significant cash seizures have been made during this operation, cash taken out of the local community by criminals for their own selfish purposes.

"Through the Proceeds of Crime Act 2022 Devon and Cornwall Police has sought to put some of this money directly back into the local community from which it has been taken.

"One such example is a contribution of £1,500 towards the sensory garden at Hayes School, a project designed to provide all children, both able and those with physical and sensory disabilities, to enjoy the scents, colours and feel of the plants and the wildlife attracted to it and allow them to increase their awareness of the environment and the flora and fauna in it."

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