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New unit to seize criminal cash

A unit set up to tackle money laundering in Devon has asked residents to report neighbours who seem to be "living beyond their means".

Devon and Cornwall Police said that in the last 10 months it had seized more than £1.25m in criminal proceeds.

The new team, based in Plymouth, said it wanted public help to identify more offenders and confiscate their assets.

They said a suspect could be someone with a smart car or designer clothes and no obvious means to pay for them.

Det Sgt Mark Newnham, from the Plymouth Asset Recovery Team, said: "It is not acceptable for criminals to thrive off the misery of others, whether through the sale of stolen goods taken from your homes or vehicles, or the sale of drugs to your friends and neighbours.

"With the help of the public and local agencies I am sure we can make Plymouth a place where crime does not pay."

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