Criminals are ordered to pay back thousands

CRIMINALS in Calderdale have been ordered to pay back nearly £20,000.

Confiscation orders made at Bradford Crown Court mean a 28-year-old man from Halifax who handled stolen goods must pay £17,500 while a 24-year-old man who allowed a building in Elland to be used to grow cannabis has to pay £900.

The 28-year-old, sentenced to 12 months in prison in August last year after handling three stolen Land Rovers, was ordered to pay £1,500 within two months and a further £16,000 within six months in respect of an outstanding confiscation order from 2006.

In a separate case, the 24-year-old was ordered to pay £900 and given 200 hours supervised community work after he pleaded guilty to allowing premises to be used for producing cannabis.

Officers discovered more than 300 cannabis plants when they attended the building in Elland in November last year following a tip off by a concerned member of the public.

Detective Constable Ash Nuttall, of Calderdale Police’s Proceeds of Crime Act team, said: “With the current economic climate, law abiding people are feeling the pinch but those who profit from crime think they are immune to it. We are doing everything we can to change that.”

He hopes the confiscation orders will serve as a warning to other criminals.

Police are urging anyone who thinks they may know someone who is committing crime and living off the proceeds to call CrimeStoppers, where information can be passed on anonymously, on 0800 555111.