Wessex CPS hits criminals in their pockets

14/11/2011

In the past seven months, Wessex Crown Prosecution Service, which consists of Dorset, Hampshire and Isle of Wight and Wiltshire, has been successful in seizing £1.4 million in assets from individuals who have benefited from illegal activities.

Nick Hawkins, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Wessex Crown Prosecution Service said: "For the past seven months, our Area has been successful in seizing £1.4 million in assets from individuals who have benefited from illegal activities.

"This is a great result as it means that victims of crime are more likely to be compensated for their losses. We know the lasting impact that a crime has on the victims lives even after a conviction. It will be completely unacceptable that criminals should keep any of the financial benefits they have accumulated during their criminal activities.

"This also sends a clear message to criminals- Crime doesnt pay and our team of expert lawyers will continue to work effortlessly with our police colleagues to identify, track down and confiscate benefits that you have gained from your crimes.

"As prosecutors, it is our duty at sentencing to apply for a confiscation order whenever appropriate. For those criminals who failed to pay once a confiscation is served on them we will apply to the court for a default sentence to be activated if they are out-of-prison or  will apply for their sentence to be increased if they are already in jail.

"Last year we have seized assets just under £1 million for the same period and this increased figure demonstrates clearly how serious and determinate we are to ensure our victims are compensated for the crimes committed against them.

"We expect that by April 2012, the end of the financial year, we will have recovered even more for our Area, which covers Dorset, Hampshire and Isle of Wight and Wiltshire."