Millions in cash and assets seized

The results of one of the biggest police enforcement operations in Scotland, the 'Made from Crime' campaign, to be released.

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Kenny MacAskill: "No hiding place in our neighbourhoods for those who cash in on crime"

"This important initiative has built on the good progress that was made a year ago when it was first launched and the achievements of these past weeks are to be welcomed.

"The work that has been undertaken by police in Lothian and Borders, Central and Fife has been assisted by members of the public who have provided information. I thank everyone who has assisted the police in this way.

"There should be no hiding place in our neighbourhoods for those who cash in on crime and this will continue to be a top priority for this Government and the new single police service when it goes live shortly."

– Kenny MacAskill, Scottish Justice Minister

Police say Made from Crime campaign "deliberately designed to be ambitious and tenacious"

Police have been targeting people believed to be living the high life by profiting from crime across the East of Scotland this week.

They have describe the operation as one of their biggest operations ever carried out and have seized more than £3million of assets.

The campaign was launched in January by Lothian and Borders Police, Fife Constabulary and Central Scotland Police.

"This campaign was deliberately designed to be ambitious and tenacious and target criminals who believed they could live lavish lifestyles from the proceeds of crime.

"The response we had from local communities throughout the intelligence gathering phase was fantastic and showed that they were not prepared to tolerate criminality in their area.

"The months of planning for the enforcement phase have paid off throughout the past few days and we are delighted with the results, which is a fantastic start for the new Specialist Crime Division."

"Criminals have no regard for boundaries and borders and the SCD is giving us increased flexibility to go where they go, and target them where they operate in a leaner, meaner and sharper way.

"We will work with our partners in the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service to ensure those arrested in connection with the operation are faced with the full force of the law, and we will also work with the Scottish Government to ensure the money we have seized can be put back into communities.

"This is not the end of our activity and I would appeal to people to continue to come forward with this vital intelligence so that we can actively pursue those living beyond their means. We will not stand for criminality in our communities in Scotland."

– Detective Superintendent David Gordon, Head of Serious Organised Crime for the Specialist Crime Division in the East of Scotland

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Made from Crime campaign: public helped police track down criminals

The campaign was launched in January by Lothian and Borders Police, Fife Constabulary and Central Scotland Police.

They asked members of the public to report suspicions about people making money illegally to the charity Crimestoppers.

Up to 400 officers have been involved in the three-day operation, which begun on Wednesday.

The police say Crimestoppers reported a 31 per cent rise in all calls across the East of Scotland, which was used for the operation this week.

Millions in cash and assets seized in largest ever police operation

Police across the east of Scotland have carried out one of their biggest ever operations targeting people living believed to be living the high life by profiting from crime.

Police in the Lothian and Borders area have seized over three million pounds of assets from people who've been living on the cash they make from crime.

It follows a huge response to a high profile campaign where members of the public were asked to report people they thought were living beyond their means. Officers targeted suspects over the last two days. Cars, drugs and cash have been confiscated

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