Criminals pay back thousands

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More than £160,000 has been confiscated from criminals so far this year.

The Proceeds of Crime team with West Yorkshire Police has issued 17 confiscation orders through the courts this year for the West Yorkshire area.

Kerry Fox is one of a small team who looks at cases to see if any assets can be seized from criminal activities.

Since 2006 they have confiscated more than £2.4 million and are well on their way to hitting their annual target of £450,000 this year.

She told residents at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe ward forum. “We get 18 per cent back of any order that is made and that money is then put back into the communities.

“Recently we have put quite a bit of money into Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras in the Calderdale division and the anti theft number plate screws.

“It is worth knowing that any community groups in the ward can apply for grants out of the money that we get back. Anyone interested can contact their neighbourhood policing team or call Halifax police station.”

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson has set up a petition in a bid to get £100,000 signature so a debate can take place in Parliament for all the money recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act to be invested in the communities to tackle the causes and consequences of crime.

“West Yorkshire seized about £6 million of assets but a percentage goes into the treasury and the other half gets split between court, prosecution and the police.

“I want to know why are we not getting the money back, given all the effort that goes on to target that money in the first place.

“I have set up an online petition. It is going to be an ongoing thing.”

Sign the petition at http://action.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/page/s/giveusbackallthemoney