Christmas Joy for WA Children

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AC (State Crime) Brad Royce, Minister for Police Paul Papalia and Salvation Army’s Warren Palmer.

Nearly 2,000 toys seized as part of a major police bust will be gifted to children in need across Western Australia this Christmas.

The toys, which include LEGO sets, toy cars, footballs and basketballs are part of a haul of stolen property seized by police during investigations into a shoplifting racket operating across Perth.

The toys are all brand new, still in their original packaging and on Tuesday, 21 December were donated to the Salvation Army who will distribute the toys to families in need.

While the unclaimed property would routinely be disposed of through auction, the Criminal and Found Property Disposal Act 2006 also provides for the property to be given to a charitable or educational institution.

Minister for Police Paul Papalia said not all children have the opportunity to receive a present on Christmas Day, so the initiative was a fantastic opportunity to be able to put a present in the hands of a child in need this Christmas.

“Christmas can be a tough time for some families,” he said.

“It might be a family forced to flee a family violence situation or facing some other crisis, or simply struggling with financial pressures.

“These gifts will hopefully relieve some of the pressure and bring a little bit of joy to children in need this Christmas.”