Police seize £250,000 under crime act

PUBLISHED: 15:27 16 April 2007 | UPDATED: 15:05 12 May 2010

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POLICE in the eastern area of Herts - which includes Royston and Buntingford - have seized more than £250,000 in cash and property since the introduction of the Proceeds of Crime Act last year. New figures show that £84,071 in cash has been seized and as

POLICE in the eastern area of Herts - which includes Royston and Buntingford - have seized more than £250,000 in cash and property since the introduction of the Proceeds of Crime Act last year.

New figures show that £84,071 in cash has been seized and assets worth £245,354 have been confiscated.

In Herts as a whole £631,164 cash has been seized and property worth £463,558 confiscated.

Det Sgt Charles Moore, who leads the eastern area money laundering unit, said: "Not only have these efforts left criminals put of pocket, but there has been significant disruption to criminal networks operating in the county."

He said the Act had proved to be a "key piece of legislation" which has led to police and other agencies to make significant asset recoveries.

"This send a clear message to both offenders and the law-abiding public that no-one should be allowed to enjoy a lavish lifestyle gained from criminality," said Det Sgt Moore.

The Proceeds of Crime Act enables police to seize property and cash obtained through criminal activity.

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