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Police boost from criminal cash

More than 150,000 of money seized from criminals will be given to Thames Valley Police to help fight crime.

The cash boost is part of 5.4m that has been allocated to forces across England and Wales.

More than 33m of criminal assets were confiscated in July, August and September, half of which will be shared between police, prosecutors and courts.

An incentive scheme introduced in 2006 allows the police to retain half of all cash they seize from criminals.

Well over 135m was recovered in the 2007/08 as part of the proceeds of crime act.

Home Office Minister Alan Campbell said: "This scheme is a great benefit for policing.

"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."

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