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Cash-strapped police force auctions off stolen goods

by Mabel Johnson (2020-08-06)

Sussex Police are auctioning off goods seized from criminals to help raise funds for the force.

Some of the quirky lost or stolen items available to buy from their eBay site include an oriental statue, red skinny jeans, a folding electric bike and a BMW cup holder.

Also on offer is a Zara women's silver jacket, 14 pairs of black leather gloves, a Jack Wills bodywarmer and men's thermal t-shirts from Next.

Bargain hunters can get their hands on a pair of used Nike Air Max trainers, children's Kangol school shoes and work boots, along with £110 worth of high street gift cards for Superdry, Next, Tesco, River Island and Westfield.

At lunchtime on March 1, River Island Amelie Mid Rise Super Skinny Womens Jeans UK 8 were available online for just £4.20 although the price could rise if another bid was put in. There was also a bid put in for three Torch Mag Lite Mag-Lite Light that had been used for £3.47

Among the digital goods included Canon digital cameras, laser toner print cartridges, graphics cards and a TomTom Sat Nav.

A Sussex Police statement read: 'As these items are assets all the money goes back to Sussex Police towards the running of the eBay shop and back into areas such as the uniform stores.

'By selling these items we have been able generate significant income for the Force which would not previously have been available as well as being able to save a significant amount on our waste costs.


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'A large proportion of money generated from seized and found property sold on our eBay shop is put into the Police Property Act Fund (PPAF) which is divided amongst charities with the rest of the money going back into running the shop.'

'All money generated from the sale of assets such as ex uniform goes back to the department where the item came from to reinvest - for example to the clothing store.'

So far seven bids had been put in for this Tiffany and Co Sterling Silver Square Cushion Band Ring (left).

The current offer stands at £21. The four Used Digital Cameras Samsung Panasonic Lumix Casio Exilim Point & Shoot has attracted 10 bids so far, with the current offer standing at £10.50 (right)

They added: 'Items sold are no longer suitable to be re-used by Sussex Police and all items have any police branding and insignia removed.

'Without this branding they are just generic items which can easily be purchased - standard Hi-Vis jackets and combat trousers etc.

'We have been selling these items for several years now.

We remove the blue and white hatching from uniform even though these items can be purchased elsewhere on eBay. 

'The eBay site is approved by Chief Officers and our Professional Standards Department have approved us selling non branded generic uniform.'  

Among some of the quirky gifts include a children's scooter (left) and an oriental figurine (right).

There is no bids for the scooter at the present moment, and neither does the statue, but an opening offer can be put in for 99p. Both are described as having quite a bit of wear-and-tear and has dirt on them