Police appeal for help reclaiming criminals’ cash

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Crooks who fund their lifestyles through crime are being targeted as part of a major new campaign which launches today.

Central Scotland Police has joined forces with Lothian & Borders and Fife constabularies to unveil the latest phase of the ‘Made From Crime?’ initiative.

It aims to make better use of the Proceeds of Crime Act which allows officers to seize assets that have been bought with profits from criminal activity.

Communities from across the east of Scotland are being asked to report their suspicions about those making money illegally via Crimestoppers, which allows information to be given anonymously.

The campaign was launched today by justice secretary Kenny MacAskill and Deputy Chief Constable Iain Livingstone, who will oversee the crime portfolio for the soon-to-be-launched Police Service of Scotland.

Mr MacAskill said: “The net is closing in on those responsible for crimes that cause serious harm to individuals and communities.

“With the public’s help, more of those profiting from crime should and will be firmly brought to justice.”

To contact Crimestoppers, call 0800 555111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org.