£100,000 raised from the Thames Valley Police eBay page will divvied out to good causes that are helping with the coronavirus crisis.

The heads of the police, Chief Constable John Campbell and police and crime commissioner Anthony Stansfeld, have aside money from the Police Property Act Fund as an emergency response to Covid-19.

The money has been raised by the force from the sales of stolen goods and evidence that has been seized in investigations.

This year Thames Valley Police have already made more than £15,000 by selling designer gear like Ralph Lauren tops and Armani fragrances.

Usually good causes, organisations and charities can apply to get chunks of the money when the fund opens in the summer.

Last year £166,800 was distributed to 42 groups that are helping police with its priorities or the community.

But the fund has been opened early in a bid to support groups that need an extra cash boost to keep working through this pandemic.

Mr Campbell said: “We are keen to receive bids from those organisations who have been supporting our officers in delivering the response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Working together as a community is key for us to get through this difficult period and we want to do anything we can to support our communities.

"One way of doing this is launching the fund early.”

Mr Stansfeld added: "Now more than ever, we are seeing what important work the voluntary and community sector is having on the efforts to support those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. "

Last week Mr Stansfeld said that criminals will 'exploit' the lockdown rules

The applications can be made online and will considered by both heads of the force. The closing date is April 20.

To apply visit Thamesvalley-pcc.gov.uk/get-involved/police-property-act-fund/