Criminals lose cash

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DERBYSHIRE criminals have been stripped of £1.6 million under the Proceeds of Crime Act to prevent them profiting from their crimes.

New figures released by Derbyshire Police from the last financial year reveal assets of £1,273,076 were confiscated at crown court and another £354,363 by magistrates.

Money is shared between the Home Office, Crown Prosecution Service, Court Services and investigating agencies including police and Trading Standards.

Det Supt Terry Branson, of Derbyshire Police, said: “Our message to offenders is clear – crime does not pay.

“We will pursue you through both the criminal and civil courts and any assets you may have will be stripped from you.

“We are working hard to make sure anyone who profits through their offending will not only face conviction and possibly jail, but will also be prevented from enjoying the fruits of their ill-gotten gains.”