Police seize goods during Harrogate raid

Police raid a house in Harrogate
Police raid a house in Harrogate

Thousands of pounds worth of luxury goods have been seized by police in a raid on a Harrogate home.

Officers executed the warrant under the Proceeds of Crime Act as part of an investigation into money laundering.

During the raid financial investigators claimed high end items including four wide-screen televisions, two iPads, one laptop, three chandeliers, power tools, a large American-style fridge-freezer, an X-box and games, DVDs, a flame effect fire and two chests of drawers.

The goods will be held by North Yorkshire Police as evidence to support their investigation and if they can prove the goods have been funded through criminal activity, they will be forfeited.

A man and a woman, both in their 30s, were arrested under the Proceeds of Crime Act. They have been released on police bail while the investigation continues.

Insp Penny Taylor, of the Harrogate Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Although this investigation is still ongoing and we’re unable to comment specifically about this case, we want to send a clear message to our communities that we will take action if we believe someone is living a lifestyle incompatible with their legitimate income.

“It is a crime to obtain property as a result of criminal activity and it is extremely unfair on the law-abiding members of the public who work hard just to get by, especially in these financially-strained times.

“If you suspect anyone in your neighbourhood of living beyond their means due to criminal activity, please do not hesitate to tell the police or pass information to Crimestoppers without having to give your name.”

For the past three years money from the North Yorkshire Police’s Why should they? campaign has helped local charities with £25,000 of cash, which has been seized from criminals.

Local good causes and groups that help reduce criminal and anti-social behaviour can apply for money from the campaign.

To report information about suspicious or criminal activity contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 or information can be provided anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.