Police strip Derbyshire crooks of ill–gotten gains

Cops have recovered more than £840,000 from crooks in Derbyshire over the past year.

Derbyshire Police stripped the cash from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The act gives police and other investigating agencies the power to take offenders to court and strip them of cash and other assets.

By doing this, police can recover the wealth people have made by committing crime such as drug dealing or selling stolen property.

The act allows police to confiscate money from people at the crown court if they have been convicted of a criminal offence. Cash suspected of coming from crime, or for use in crime, can also be forfeited during a civil hearing at a magistrates’ court.

The latest figures released by Derbyshire police show that between April 1, 2011 and the end of March 2012 assets totalling £524,043 were confiscated at crown court in 68 separate cases under the act.

During the same period, £322,395 was forfeited by magistrates in 74 separate hearings.

If you have information about someone who is enjoying the proceeds of crime, contact Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.