Betting slips and jewels to be seized from criminals

More than £4m has been recovered under proceeds of crime legislation this year.

Crime seizures: Vouchers and jewels also included in new legislation (file pic). <strong>© HEMEDIA / SWNS Group</strong>
Crime seizures: Vouchers and jewels also included in new legislation (file pic). © HEMEDIA / SWNS Group

Legislation giving prosecutors the power to seize betting slips and jewels from criminals has been opened up to public consultation.

More than £4m in cash and goods has already been recovered under proceeds of crime legislation in Scotland this year.

The Criminal Finances Act 2017 will further expand the type of property Crown prosecutors can claim.

They will also be able to seize valuable stamps, casino chips, vouchers and precious metals from April.

ADVERT

Justice secretary Michael Matheson said: “Criminals should not be allowed to profit from their crimes and our law enforcement agencies already have robust powers to seize assets acquired by illegal means.

“The draft code of practice will give Police Scotland officers clear guidance as they search for and identify valuable items which, while not simply being a sum of cash, are clearly assets purchased by means of criminal gain.”

The Scottish Government’s consultation on the new legislation began on November 1 and will run until December 13.

Matheson added: “Whether it’s a gold necklace, a diamond ring or a high-end watch, I am determined that crime will not pay and we will continue to put these ill-gotten gains back into communities through the cashback programme.

ADVERT

“There will be no let-up in tackling organised crime and the harm it causes.”


You're up to date

You've read today's top stories. Where would you like to go next?