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20 June 2013, 06:00
Police have managed to seize just under £7 million from criminals in Manchester in the last year.
Officers used the law to recover £6 917 686, including cash, drugs and jewellery.
Also included in that figure is a house worth around £500 000 along with high powered cars like Audis, Bentleys and a Lamborghini Gallardo.
Assistant Chief Constable for GMP, Steve Heywood, said: "By using legislation we have been able to relentlessly pursue those making a living out of being a criminal and see that they are made to pay for their crimes.
Our teams have carried out financial investigations to target the fraudsters, drug dealers and those involved in organised criminality and have been able to take away their prized possessions.
"It means that we haven’t had to stop once a person is locked up, in fact for our team this is just a starting point. The high life that communities will have seen criminals enjoy is unravelled as offenders are stripped of their much loved assets, cash, possessions and pride."
Some of the money goes back into the community to support worthy projects. This included the Lionheart Challenge which was carried out in March this year.
The project saw the Force spend £100,000 of criminals’ money on a project involving thousands of schoolchildren from 30 schools across Greater Manchester to help break down the barriers between children and police.