A HOARD of cash totalling tens of thousands of pounds discovered during a Huddersfield murder investigation has been handed to the courts.
Police found £70,055 while investigating the shooting of Christopher Hartley in Clayton West in 2009.
The cash was discovered at a house in Netherton, near Wakefield, and in a Mercedes parked in Tingley.
Both locations were associated with David Large, one of two men convicted of murdering Mr Hartley.
The drug manufacturer was found with gunshot wounds to the head and chest in a layby on Litherop Lane in Clayton West in September 2009.
Large, 36, and Simon Mullen, 39, were found guilty of murder at Bradford Crown Court the following May and sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in prison.
Wakefield Magistrates’ Court yesterday ruled that the money recovered during the investigation probably came from criminal activity.
The cash has now been taken by the court and may be used to pay for anti-crime projects.
Det Chief Insp Fran Naughton said yesterday: “Large is currently serving a life sentence in prison following the murder of Christopher Hartley but, using the Proceeds of Crime Act, his cash has been forfeited after it was deemed to be as a result of further criminal activity.
“We have dedicated teams of investigators who use this legislation to take cash and assets from criminals.
“Money forfeited or confiscated can be used to fund local community projects in areas affected by crime.”
Anyone with information about people living off the proceeds of crime can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit www.whyshouldthey.com