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Police get 60,000 criminal cash

Nearly 60,000 seized from criminals will fight crime in Devon and Cornwall.

The money allocated for Devon and Cornwall Police is part of 5.4m for forces across England and Wales.

The money was recovered between July and September 2008 and compares with just over 3.7m paid out in the same quarter in the previous year.

More than 33m of criminal assets were confiscated in the three months last year, half of which is to be shared between police, prosecutors and courts.

It follows an incentive scheme introduced in 2006 which allows the police and recovery agencies to retain half of all cash they seize from criminals.

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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