Leicestershire police to make more arrests as lavish lifestyles investigated
Police will make a fresh wave of arrests before the end of the year under a campaign to track down people who are living off crime.
The campaign Too Much Bling? Give Us A Ring encourages the public to tell police about people who lead lavish lifestyles without apparently doing an honest day's work.
The force's economic crime unit – which has seized cars, clothes, jewellery and cash worth million of pounds in the past decade – has vowed to look into suspects' lifestyles and finances for evidence of serious crime.
The first arrest of the latest phase of the campaign came on Wednesday.
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A man was arrested under the Misuse of Drugs Act after officers raided a house in Evington, Leicester.
Officers seized about £1,000 in cash. The suspect has been released on bail.
Detective Inspector David Swift-Rollinson, of the force's economic crime unit, said: "We will be taking further action during the rest of December against other suspects."
The Proceeds of Crime Act enables officers to confiscate anything paid for with criminally-obtained money and goods.
Previously, public tip-offs have led police to people who have been living on cash generated by crimes such as drug dealing, burglary, handling stolen goods and money laundering.
Det Insp Swift-Rollinson said: "We're encouraging people to think 'there's something not right about person X and I'm going to tell the police about it'.
"All they need to do is give us the basic details and we will investigate that person's background.
"It might be that this person, even though there is no evidence they have the means to afford it, changes their car every few months, have computers and other goods going into the house all the time, takes nice holidays regularly or has even had an extension built.
"We will look at what intelligence we have on these people and assess how they seem to be able to afford these things.
"We will build up a file and, if we have enough evidence, will arrest them and seize that property. We will not tolerate people profiting from crime."
Zuffar Haq, vice-chairman of Leicestershire Crimestoppers, said: "It's good news that calls are still coming in to give police the information they need."
Call Leicestershire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.