Millions of pounds seized from crooks

Cash found in a Gucci shoebox at the Tomneys' Dorset Avenue home in Cleveleys.
Cash found in a Gucci shoebox at the Tomneys' Dorset Avenue home in Cleveleys.
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CRIMINALS have had more than £5m in cash, cars and drugs seized by police in the last year.

Officers confiscated drugs, including heroin and cocaine, worth £1,961,355.

Cash totalling £949,735 was also seized, along with 40 vehicles worth £561,026.

Det Chief Insp Tim Leeson, from the serious and organised crime unit (SOCU), said: “It is disheartening for law abiding residents when they see criminals living a lavish lifestyle, with large homes and fast cars funded by money gained through the misery of others.”

A huge amount of cash was seized from a gang of cowboy builders from Cleveleys last year. Frank Tomney Snr, 55, and his 21-year-old sons Frank Tomney Jnr and Thomas Tomney were jailed for a total of 15 years after they targeted pensioners across the North West.

A confiscation order was put in place at a court hearing, with the Tomneys having to pay back a total of £955,264 or face further time in jail.

A further £369,955 was seized from Thomas and Frank Snr.

Det Chief Insp Tim Leeson, of Lancashire Police, added: “We’re relentless in the pursuit of those involved in organised crime and will not stop until they are behind bars and their ill-gotten gains taken from them.”

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