Bradford

West Yorkshire murder case cash forfeited to court

Christopher Hartley
Image caption Two men have been convicted of Christopher Hartley's murder

More than £70,000 recovered by police during a West Yorkshire murder inquiry has been forfeited to the court.

An application to forfeit the cash was granted by Wakefield magistrates who agreed it was probably the proceeds of criminal activity.

It was found during the investigation into the fatal shooting of Christopher Hartley in Clayton West in 2009.

David Large and Simon Mullen were given life sentences at Bradford Crown Court for murder in May.

A judge ordered them to serve a minimum term of 30 years.

West Yorkshire Police said the money was found at an address on Broadcroft Drive, Tingley, from inside a Mercedes belonging to 36-year-old Large and at an address in Netherton, also linked to Large.

Police said money forfeited or confiscated under the Proceeds of Crime Act could be used to fund local community projects in areas affected by crime.

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