Leicestershire Roads Policing Unit (RPU) got more than they bargained for when they carried out a stop-check on a van only to find somewhere in the region of £465,000 in the rear of the vehicle.
A spokesperson for the unit said:
“Following a stop-check on a van earlier today, we’ve seized quite a bit of cash out the rear of the vehicle.
“We estimate it to be in the region of £465,000. The Driver has some explaining to do”.
It is highly likely that, unless the person in possession of the cash can account for it all,
The police are able to claim some of the confiscated money back to reinvest into policing, through an incentive scheme.
For confiscations of assets rather than cash, the Home Office gets half and the other half is spilt equally between the police, the Crown Prosecution Service, and the courts.
Where cash is seized, the Home Office gets half and the police get half.
In some cases, a judge can decide to award a percentage of any confiscated money to the victims of crime as compensation.
There have also been schemes where seized money has been given to community schemes.
Any money earned as a result of, or in connection with, an offence can be recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
That also includes assets bought with the proceeds of crime – a red Ferrari and a Bentley Continental car, jewellery, watches and properties within London and the Home Counties are among assets recovered by the Metropolitan Police in the last five years.
This latest cash seizure just goes to highlight the importance stop-checks on vehicles by dedicated units such as Road Policing Units.
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