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Spending ill-gotten gains for good

5 January 2009

Police forces across England and Wales will spend millions seized from criminals last summer to help them fight crime.

Criminal assets confiscated by police forces and other agencies between July and September 2008 totalled £33.5m, of which £5.4m will be given to police forces in England and Wales. 

An incentive scheme introduced in 2006 allows the police, courts and recovery agencies to share a percentage of the cash seized from criminals.

Making crime less profitable

Home Office Minister Alan Campbell said, 'Taking money from criminals makes crime far less profitable for them. At the same time, that money is ploughed directly back into the police force that seized it so they can use it for their fight against crime in their area.

'Recovering more than £30m from criminals in the space of three months is a great achievement and I want to thank the police and other partners for their hard work in seizing the money and undermining criminal gangs.'

Mick Creedon, of the Association of Chief Police Officers, said, 'The public are quite rightly sick and tired of seeing criminals leading lavish lifestyles without challenge, and all forces across England and Wales are determined to respond to this and make full use of the available powers granted under the Proceeds of Crime Act and other legislation.'

Half a billion has been seized so far

Since the Proceeds of Crime Act came into effect in 2003, police and other agencies have seized £530m from criminals.

The amount seized has increased year on year:

  • £135m was recovered in the financial year 2007-08
  • £125m in 2006-07
  • £97m in 2005-06
  • £84m in 2004-05
  • £54m in 2003-04

Find out how much your force will get

To see how much your local force will receive, read the press release on the Press Office website (new window).

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