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Police get 112,000 criminal cash

Leicestershire Police are set to benefit from more than 112,000 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.

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

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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