Bala­clava, train­ers and Gucci watches among po­lice ‘cop shop’ sales

Macclesfield Express - - DELAYS AHEAD AS RELIEF ROAD CPOS LAUNCHED -

AN on­line ‘cop shop’ is flog­ging crooks’ as­sets to help vic­tims of crime.

Cheshire Po­lice has launched an eBay pro­file - cheshire­po­lice.

The Pro­ceeds of Crime Act 2002 made it pos­si­ble for the pub­lic to pur­chase items which have formed part of a court ‘con­fis­ca­tion or­der’, so po­lice forces sell­ing on eBay is now com­mon prac­tice.

A Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act re­quest has re­vealed that since it launched in 2011 the eBay ac­count has sold 778 items in­clud­ing two Gucci watches, a ce­ramic tile cut­ter, fish­ing gear and a few dozen pairs of train­ers, par­tic­u­larly of the Nike Air Max va­ri­ety.

It has also sold more bizarre items, in­clud­ing a bala­clava which was snapped up by a shop­per for the bar­gain price of 50p in March 2016.

Cur­rently up for grabs are ink car­tridges and cas­sette tapes.

The shop is so pop­u­lar it al­ready has 6,042 fol­low­ers.

Ja­son De Prez, Cheshire po­lice’s ac­cred­ited financial in­ves­ti­ga­tor, said: “By sell­ing items in this way, we hope to gen­er­ate a big­ger in­come from crim­i­nal as­sets, which in turn will ben­e­fit vic­tims of crime and be rein­vested in lo­cal polic­ing ini­tia­tives.”

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