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Police given criminal assets cash

Derbyshire Police are set to benefit from more than 44,000 of assets seized from criminals.

The money is part of 5.5m to be given to police forces in England and Wales following confiscation orders.

More than 530m has been seized since the Proceeds of Crime Act came into effect in 2003.

Chief Constable Mick Creedon said: "The public are quite rightly sick and tired of seeing criminals leading lavish lifestyles without challenge."

He added: "We continue to work closely with the Home Office and other asset recovery agencies to ensure that not only crime doesn't pay, but that it is also seen by the public that it doesn't pay."

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