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Money confiscated from the criminals vanishes from the custody of police with no clue

March 29th, 2012

Money vanishing from under the nose of the very people who are supposed to safeguard it has come to light.

The Warwickshire police have confirmed that £113,000 money that was seized from criminals had disappeared from the secure storage area at its former headquarters.

The money was seized from criminals in 2009 under the Proceeds of Crime Act, from a trio who were jailed for different offences. The money was secured in a police building in the village of Leek Wootton from where it went missing since last September.

A corruption investigation was launched over the issue. The secret investigation was ordered by the force as they suspected the hand of a police officer in the missing of the money but even after six months the inquiry yielded nothing and only then they decided to go public with an appeal for information.

Initially the force had reported the case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) but they said the investigation needed to be carried out locally.

The Anti Corruption Unit of Warwickshire Police’s Professional Standards Department is conducting the investigation.

The police house where the money was kept is known as Woodcote House which was used as a home for injured US servicemen in World War Two before being purchased by the Warwickshire County Council in 1947.

It remained as the Head Quarters for the force till February 2011 but now they have shifted to one stop justice center in Leamington Spa.

The force did not confirm from where the money was stolen whether it was in the safe or in an evidence room from where it went missing.

A Freedom of Information Act has shown that there are more than 8,000 crimes taking place every year in the police stations of England and Wales.

Police cars, uniforms and even handcuffs have all been stolen from under the noses of officers.

Lancashire, Gwent, Northamptonshire and Derbyshire each had some police property like cars, handcuffs, police radios, laptops etc stolen from right under their noses and saw some being reported in their own stations.