West Yorkshire Police sold off £12.3m of criminals’ property last year, a Freedom of Information request has show. 

The amount they have raised through the Proceeds of Crime Act each year since 2007.

The Bradford Telegraph and Argus report:

New figures show West Yorkshire Police more than doubled the amount of money raised through seizing criminals’ ill-gotten gains last year – netting £12.3 million, including £1.8 million from villains in Bradford.

Statistics released under the Freedom of Information Act show West Yorkshire Police has increased the amount of cash it has secured through the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) every year since 2007, and last year doubled the amount taken from convicted criminals, from £5.6 million in 2010-11 to £12.3 million in 2011-12.

Police also revealed the two Bradford police divisions, Bradford South and Airedale and North Bradford, recovered a combined total of £1,831,876 between April 2011 and April 2012.

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