A police force has made more than £1.7million by flogging designer goods on eBay after seizing them from criminals.
Designer boots, a high-end watch and even a plane are among the goods sold for knock-down prices.
Leicestershire Police have sold items on the auction site since 2008.
The diamond boots Leicestershire Police confiscated under the Proceeds of Crime Act – (Picture: SWNS)
A set of spoons were among items confiscated (Picture: Leicestershire Police)
This Breitling watch was taken from criminals (Picture: Leicestershire Police)Recent sales include a pair of jewel-studded Christian Louboutin boots, silver Canadian dollar coins worth £32,000, a Breitling watch and antiques to the value of £23,000.
Leicestershire was the first force in the UK to use the auction site to sell assets which were paid for with cash generated through criminal activity.
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The Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) allows the force’s economic crime unit to seize the goods.
The force has even sold a plane which belonged to a drug trafficker through their account on the auction site – which has a 100% seller rating from more than 3,000 feedback ratings.
In total the force has sold more than 7,000 items for a total of £1.7million (Picture: Leicestershire Police)The Zenair Zodiac aircraft which was used to transport cocaine with a street value of £1.7million, sold for £17,200 in 2013.
In total the force has sold more than 7,000 items for a total of £1.7million.
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‘Since we started using the site in 2008 more than 7,000 items of property have been auctioned which has generated about £1.7million.
‘As well as the watch and antiques, industrial sewing machines worth £17,000.’
A marble vase is amongst the numerous goods sold to people from eBay (Picture: Leicestershire Police)
Sowing the seeds of crime: This sowing machine might not be the every day device of the modern day criminal (Picture: Leicestershire Police)‘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.’
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Leicestershire Police isn’t the only force which flogs seized goods via auction and on eBay.
Devon and Cornwall, Thames Valley and Sussex Police all have dedicated pages on the auction site.