Criminals are made to pay money back

Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire Alan Charles
Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire Alan Charles

Derbyshire’s police and crime commissioner Alan Charles has welcomed plans that will see criminals cough up their ill-gotten gains to the tune of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Confiscation and forfeiture orders and cash seizures can strip criminals of money or assets gained through offences that include drug trafficking, theft and money laundering.

In 2013-14 the Proceeds of Crime Act resulted in criminals finding themselves around £2.5m the poorer.

Alan Charles said: “This is the type of justice that all law-abiding people will want to hear. The strong message to the criminal community is that crime doesn’t pay. “Not only do they risk being sent to prison but they also stand to lose everything they thought they were getting away with.”

“Nearly 19 per cent of all confiscated sums go back to the force – amounting to around £200,000 in each of the last three years.

“This money is used to aid the force’s financial investigation performance and local crime-fighting priorities.”