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Police Force's eBay account generates more than £1.7 million

Credit: Leicestershire Police

Leicester Police's eBay account has generated more than £1.7 million pounds from the sale of unclaimed or confiscated items since it was launched in 2008.

The account is used to sell surplus police goods, items that have been recovered during police investigations and are not claimed, or property that has been confiscated under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).

Last year, antiques to the value of £23,000 and a Breitling Swiss watch were among the 1,230 items auctioned.

Leicestershire Police was the first force in the country to use eBay to auction property in this way.

This site is hugely beneficial for us in generating income from property which would just lie in storage or over time be destroyed.

Since we started using the site in 2008 more than 7,000 items of property have been auctioned which has generated about £1.7 million.

As well as the watch and antiques, industrial sewing machines worth £17,000, Christian Louboutin boots and silver Canadian dollar coins worth £32,000, were amongst the variety of items which were forfeited under POCA and auctioned on eBay in the last year.

– Paul Wenlock, Leicestershire Police’s economic crime unit

Income generated from the sales of POCA items is submitted to the Home Office who then return a percentage of the money to the force which is shared between the police, victims, courts and the criminal justice system.

The remaining income from the sale of other items remains with the force.