£1.6m taken from Derbyshire criminals

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MORE than £1.6m has been stripped from Derbyshire criminals in the last year.

Under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 police can take offenders to court and strip them of cash and other assets to recover the wealth people have made by committing crime, like drug dealing.

The latest figures released by Derbyshire police show that from April last year to March 2011, assets totalling £1,273,076 was confiscated at crown court and £354,363 was forfeited by magistrates.

Decisions are still being made on where Derbyshire police will spend this year’s money.