Passenger had £30,000 in cash hidden in nappies at airport
BIRMINGHAM Airport police confiscated £30,000 of cash from a passenger hidden in nappies.
The seizure came during a weeklong blitz on crime at the bustling terminal, where officers also seized more than £20,000 found hidden in two separate suitcases.
Cash totalling £73,000 was confiscated from people travelling abroad between October 15-19.
No arrests have been made so far but police say investigations are ongoing into what are understood to be proceeds of crime seizures.
Insp Chris Cotton, who manages the Airport Policing Unit for West Midlands Police, said: “Last month we launched Project Servator adopt- ing new specialist tactics aimed at tackling a range of criminal activity, including terrorism, at Birmingham Airport.
“The tactics are designed to deter, detect and disrupt a range of crime, whilst reassuring members of the public.
“This week has seen daily deployments around the entire airport with uniformed and plain-clothed police officers specially trained to identify anyone wanting to commit crime.
“They are supported by specialist police resources such as search dogs and armed officers. CCTV and vehicle checkpoints are also used to keep people safe and secure.”
With the national threat of terror- ism remaining “severe”, tackling terrorism is paramount and officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit were also visible during the operation.
Agencies including Border Force, National Crime Agency, Regional Organised Crime Unit and British Transport Police also took part in the initiative.
The operation saw police checking on people carrying large amounts of cash which may have originated from proceeds of crime or go towards funding terrorist activities.
Specialist police dogs which are trained to detect large quantities of cash were also in use.
Det Chief Supt Matt Ward, from West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, explained: “Here in the West Midlands, Birmingham Airport is our main border and so we must use all resources at our disposal to not only combat crime but have a very visible presence to prevent terrorism.
“It is a very joined-up approach at the airport – it’s not only police officers that keep the public safe but also airport staff who work across a whole range of functions.
“We provide training and advice for lots of roles here from staff who check travellers into their flights to cleaning staff – they know what to look out for and can be our extra eyes and ears on the ground.”