CASH seized by police from criminals will help support veterans of the Royal Sussex regiment.
Chief inspector Justin Burtenshaw presented Dave Tilley and Tony Booker, from the Chichester branch of the Royal Sussex Regimental Association, with a cheque for £200 at Chichester police station.
Dave said it was a ‘complete surprise’ when the cheque amount was revealed.
“Two hundred pounds is a blessing,” he said.
Additionally, Chichester Police will also raise more money for the association at its open day on July 19.
“It was vitally important we contribute to these guys,” said PCSO Steve Bingham.
The association has appealed for donations to help send a number of veterans living in Chichester to Priez.
The 2nd battalion Royal Sussex Regiment went to France in August, 1914. It suffered its first casualties at Priez on September 10, during the Battle of the Aisne.
They then moved to Ypres where they fought until November 15, 1914.
Veterans of the regiment, who fought in later conflicts, are hoping to visit erect a memorial at the site and the police donation will help pay for some veterans’ travel and accommodation.
The £200 comes from the police property act fund.