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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

June 14, 2005: £84m of Criminal Assets Recovered

Criminal assets worth a record £84 million were recovered during the last year, Home Office Minister for Financial Crime Paul Goggins has announced. The record figure for 2004-2005, compared with £54.5 million recovered the previous year, is the result of new powers introduced by the Government in the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

For the first time, police forces will receive a £13 million share of the recovered money. The police service receives one third of receipts recovered in 2004-05 above £40 million. The Home Office receives the first £40 million to pay for existing expenditure commitments on asset recovery. The one third above £40M is divided among individual police forces in proportion to the contribution each force had made to the total value of assets recovered. This is due to increase to half of all receipts recovered above £40 million next year (2005-2006). A new scheme will be extended to the other agencies involved in asset recovery the following year (2006-2007).

Among the highest performing forces receiving the greatest amount of additional funding are the Metropolitan Police who will receive over £4 million, the National Crime Squad, who get just over £1.8 million, Lancashire Constabulary, who receive an extra £570,517 and Greater Manchester Police, who get a boost of £526,360.

Paul Goggins said:

"This achievement sends a clear message to criminals: crime does not pay and profiting from crime will not be tolerated. Recovering criminal assets is a vital part of the Government’s strategy to cut crime and make the criminal justice system more effective."

Assistant Chief Constable Roger Aldridge, the Association of Chief Police Officers lead on Asset Recovery, said:

"We welcome the results of the new incentive scheme. This will enable police forces to plough back some of the recovered criminal assets into more financial investigation capability, and thereby continue to improve performance next year. Asset recovery has to become part of our mainstream activity. It is an effective method of reducing crime by dismantling criminal empires, both small and large. This is a ‘win-win’ for law enforcement and the communities they serve."