Over £2m paid in confiscation orders in just under a year

Over £2 million has been paid through the Northern Ireland courts under confiscation orders since last April, according to new figures.

The total figure of £2.2 million, paid in the 2019/20 financial year up to 18 March 2020, is the highest in at least five years.

Overall, £10.2 million has been paid through the courts since April 2014.

The PSNI, the National Crime Agency (NCA), HMRC, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and the Department for Communities are among agencies with powers to conduct confiscation investigations in Northern Ireland.

Half of the revenue from confiscation orders is distributed on an agreed-percentage basis to the agencies responsible for the confiscation cases and to the Public Prosecution Service and the courts service.

The other half funds the Assets Recovery Community Scheme (ARCS), which supports projects aimed at preventing crime or reducing the fear of crime.