That sucks – Doncaster crook loses gold dummy

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A solid gold baby dummy is among a Doncaster crook’s ill-gotten gains which will be sold to meet a court order.

Other gold jewellery and Rolex watches seized from Daniel Harty will also be auctioned after a judge decided he should repay £356,286 in a Proceeds of Crime Act case.

Harty, aged 30, of Pony Paddocks, Toll Bar, was jailed for four-and-a-half years after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to evade excise duty.

If he does not pay the full amount in the next year, he will receive a further two-and-a-half years.

He was one of the ringleaders of a gang of Yorkshire smugglers who ran a £26 million tobacco smuggling operation.

Under the direction of Harty and another man, the gang created a distribution network that transported millions of cigarettes throughout the north of England to warehouses, storage yards and farms.

The shipments were then broken down into smaller loads and delivered to towns and cities across the UK to sell on the black market.

The gold items have been held under restraint by HMRC since Harty was arrested in early 2011.

The judge at Derby Crown Court also imposed a Serious Crime Prevention Order on Harty which forces him to give HMRC details of his address and future business involvement for the next five years.

He is also banned from having more than 800 cigarettes on his person, possessing more than £5,000 in cash, and having more than one mobile phone. He is not allowed to communicate with anyone from the gang.