Seized £5,000 to be used to ‘tackle crime’ in Newry and Mourne

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Saturday, September 1st, 2012
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Five thousand pounds, seized from an illegal drinking den in Kilkeel, will be used to fight crime following a ruling at Newry Magistrates’ Court. More than £6,000 was seized by police officers after the discovery of a ‘shebeen’ in the Mourne Esplanade area of Kilkeel in June 2010. Owners of the property were convicted of selling alcohol without a licence and, at a court hearing recently, it was ordered that £5,000 of the cash seized would be taken under the Proceeds of Crime Act. This £5,000 will now be redistributed to police through the Home Office Assets Recovery Incentivisation Scheme to help address crime at a local level. Constable Leathem, South Down Neighbourhood Policing Team, spoke to Newry Times. He said: “A percentage of this money will now come back to this area through the Assets Recovery Incentivisation Scheme (ARIS) to help us address criminal and antisocial issues which are affecting the local community. This sends a clear message to anyone who believes they do not have to adhere to the law – crime doesn’t pay!”
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