YOUNG flyers in Sedgley cashed in on crooks’ ill-gotten gains by landing nearly two grand from cops.

Officers from the Upper Gornal and Woodsetton neighbourhood policing team handed over £1,974 to the areas’ Air Training Corps squadron from the Property Act Fund is generated from the sale of goods seized by police.

The cash will be spent on new equipment for the group which offers young people activities including overseas camping, adventure training and flying experience.

Police sergeant Jimmy Jones said: "Clubs like this are so important to communities.

"They offer our young people the opportunity to be a part of a team who work and train towards gaining many achievements that will no doubt have a bearing on their future choices in life."

Flying Officer Martin Somerfield, from 2132 Squadron, added: "The excellent support Sedgley Squadron has seen from the West Midlands Police and their Police Property Act Funding will ensure that we can offer the same level of adventure using up to date modern equipment to all of our cadets no matter what social or financial background they come from."

Over the past five years, West Midlands Police has donated over £1 million to local good causes through the property fund.

Community groups can apply for Police Property Act funding for their projects through their neighbourhood policing teams.

For more information visit the West Midlands Police website or call West Midlands Police on 101.