£398,000 is seized from criminals

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HUNDREDS of thousands of pounds have been seized from criminals in Calderdale.

The total taken off offenders thanks to division’s Proceeds of Crime Act team now stands at £398,000.

Across West Yorkshire, the total seized from criminals is over £12 million and police have frozen assets of more than £37 million pending the outcome of ongoing investigations.

The Proceeds of Crime Act was introduced in 2003 to give police the power to confiscate assets and cash from individuals who have benefited from their illegal activities.

The criminals hit in Calderdale include Aamer Ali, 28, Pellon in Halifax, who was ordered to pay back £62,145 last June for his involvement in the world’s biggest production of counterfeit computer games.

He was jailed for five years in April 2010 after police seized more than 6,000 counterfeit games, 400 games consoles, over 80 stolen televisions and over 200 stolen lap-tops.