POCA Team Wins Court Order For Seized Cash
Thursday, 22 February 2018
More than £7,000 cash which was seized by police when a car was stopped in Bradford has been forfeited to the courts.
The sum of £7,400 was seized from a Volkswagen Bora in Bradford city centre on 14 November 2016 by police acting on information that the vehicle was possibly linked to the supply of drugs.
Also recovered from the vehicle were a black asp (a type of baton) and a small amount of cannabis.
The driver of the vehicle, a 27-year-old man from Bradford, admitted possessing the asp and cannabis and was charged accordingly.
In interview, he claimed the cash was ‘backdated takings’ from his retail business and was in his car as he had forgotten to pay it into his bank.
An investigation into where the cash had come from was filed last March due to evidential difficulties, but the Bradford District Proceeds Of Crime Act (POCA) Team re-seized the cash and reviewed the evidence.
The team concluded that on the balance of probability the cash was ill-gotten gains and took the matter to Leeds Magistrates Court, where magistrates ordered its full forfeiture last Monday (19 February).
Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), said: "This is great work from West Yorkshire Police and prosecutors in helping making to make sure that crime doesn't pay.
"Some of this recovered money will now go towards my Safer Communities Fund and Policing at a time of continuing government austerity. The Fund gives grants made up from recovered proceeds of crime money to not for profit groups and organisations for various projects throughout West Yorkshire that help to keep our communities safe.”