West Yorkshire Police net £12m of cash from criminals

Cash seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act

Cash seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

New figures show West Yorkshire Police more than doubled the amount of money raised through seizing criminals’ ill-gotten gains last year – netting £12.3 million, including £1.8 million from villains in Bradford.

Statistics released under the Freedom of Information Act show West Yorkshire Police has increased the amount of cash it has secured through the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) every year since 2007, and last year doubled the amount taken from convicted criminals, from £5.6 million in 2010-11 to £12.3 million in 2011-12.

Police also revealed the two Bradford police divisions, Bradford South and Airedale and North Bradford, recovered a combined total of £1,831,876 between April 2011 and April 2012.

Officers last night hailed a campaign, which urges people to contact police if they suspect someone is living off the proceeds of crime.

Acting Detective Sergeant Tim O’Keeffe, from the Bradford South POCA Team, said: “We need members of the public to give us information if they see people living beyond their means so we can investigate.

“We want to get rid of negative role models. There are young children growing up thinking the only way they can make vast amounts of money and drive a flashy car is to get involved in drugs and launder the cash.”

POCA was introduced in 2003 to give officers the power to confiscate assets and cash from individuals who have benefited from crime, with much of the money ploughed back into policing and neighbourhood projects.

Earlier this year, £3,000 of computer equipment was given to the Rockwell Centre, in Eccleshill, for training courses, £2,500 to Shipley Primary School for citizenship lessons and £2,085 to Bradford People First, which went towards learning disability hate crime training.

Other groups to benefit from the cash include St Wilfrid’s Parish Church in Lidget Green to revitalise a remembrance garden, Hand in Hand, which tackles child exploitation and the Bingley Youth Cafe.

Anyone who suspects someone is living off the proceeds of crime should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555111.

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2:40pm Thu 6 Dec 12

RollandSmoke says...

And here we see the real reason that prohibition is fought tooth and nail for, Disability hate crime? Is that where a group of thugs burst down the door of a disabled person ruff them up a bit and steal their medication before robbing them of a sum of money?. Tax and regulate and you take the market from the problem dealers, keep the drugs out of the hands, ensure quality and ultimately make the country sums of money that would make these sums of money look pityfull
And here we see the real reason that prohibition is fought tooth and nail for, Disability hate crime? Is that where a group of thugs burst down the door of a disabled person ruff them up a bit and steal their medication before robbing them of a sum of money?. Tax and regulate and you take the market from the problem dealers, keep the drugs out of the hands, ensure quality and ultimately make the country sums of money that would make these sums of money look pityfull RollandSmoke
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4:14pm Thu 6 Dec 12

ANY WHERE BUT HERE says...

If you think somebod'y is living beyond there means report them, NO. If there making some money good on them. The police aren't bothered about knife crime,burgalries,****
aults, no what they want, is to sit in the office and receive phone'calls about people doing the only thing they can to make money. THE POLICE ARE REDUNDANT.
If you think somebod'y is living beyond there means report them, NO. If there making some money good on them. The police aren't bothered about knife crime,burgalries,**** aults, no what they want, is to sit in the office and receive phone'calls about people doing the only thing they can to make money. THE POLICE ARE REDUNDANT. ANY WHERE BUT HERE
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