Seizing Criminal Assets

Under the Proceeds of Crime Act, criminals across the region can have their illegal earnings and possessions taken away even if they are not convicted of the crimes they are alleged to have committed.

It's up to the criminal themselves to prove they've acquired the cash legitimately. The money will be ploughed back into further asset recovery work to help yet more cash be seized.

In 2012/13 more than £10.3million in assets were seized from Yorkshire-based criminals.

All of the money seized from criminals is used to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour at a local, regional and national level.

The Home Office receives a share to tackle crime and disorder nationally.

The local criminal justice system including the CPS, police, courts, probation and prisons receive a share to tackle crime locally.