Police’s £1.5m cash warning to criminals

Police showing off a car seized under Proceeds of Crime APS Gary Hobson with PCSO Natalie Towning - behind them, Cllr. Sandra Pickin, PC Sally  Court & Cllr. Darren Campbell
Police showing off a car seized under Proceeds of Crime APS Gary Hobson with PCSO Natalie Towning - behind them, Cllr. Sandra Pickin, PC Sally Court & Cllr. Darren Campbell
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CRIMINALS who flash the cash from their crimes have been given a stark warning by police - it will be seized.

A Range Rover seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act was put on display at Tesco in Hemsworth on Saturday as a reminder to criminals they will not get away with their crimes.

In the past 12 months, £1,495,528.54 worth of goods were taken under the act. The cash is then invested back into the community - and this year ten times as much has been seized as was last year.

Supt Pat Casserly said this was due to the information provided by residents.

He said: “We get told about criminal activity then we are able to act on it. This then gives residents the confidence that we are doing something about it, then they feel more confident to come to us again in future. It’s an upward spiral.”

At the event, police spoke to residents who were having problems with anti-social behaviour and other criminal activity in their area.

South East neighbourhood policing team Insp Jackie Turton said: “We will take firm action against those people suspected of living off the proceeds of crimes they have committed in local communities. We always act on information given to us by our communities and I would appeal to them to continue to contact us.”

Contact the NPT on 01924 295413.