Over £1 million discovered in bedroom

Expensive luggage: Police seized over £1 million from a bedroom in Shropshire Photo: West Midlands Police

A judge in Birmingham has ordered the seizure of more than £1 million pounds found at the home of a Shropshire man by police investigating the death of a lorry driver.

Details of the seizure were released for the first time today, it is one of the biggest cash seizures the West Midlands police have ever made.

Cash was found stuffed in suitcases and holdalls in a house by police Credit: West Midlands Police

Suitcases and bags stuffed with more than £1 million were found hidden in the bedroom of Philip Hartill in Bridgnorth, Shropshire two years ago.

Police say there was nearly £400,000 in two suitcases, there was also cash in a holdall around £200,000 and there was also cash stuffed into jacket pockets on suits.

Deep pockets: police found cash stuffed in the pockets of suits as well as luggage Credit: ITV Central

The discovery was part of an investigation into the theft of televisions worth £250,000 from a lorry in Dudley in 2010.

The discovery was part of an investigation into the theft of televisions worth £250,000 from a lorry in Dudley in 2010. Credit: ITV Central

The driver Bogdan Bartczak was later found dead, it is believed he had a heart attack.

The driver Bogdan Bartczak was later found dead, it is believed he had a heart attack. Credit: ITV Central

Earlier this year, nine men were convicted for offences linked to the robbery.

Initally the police were unable to prove the money was a result of criminal activites but they pursued under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Earlier this year, nine men were convicted for offences linked to the robbery. Credit: ITV Central

if you've got cash that we can show comes from the proceeds of crime we will target you for that and we'll come and get it off you through the courts.

– West Midlands Police

Part of the money will be used to fund police activites in the West Midlands.