Stolen items boost Cleveland Police and community funds

Stolen property has benefited police and community projects on Teesside by thousands of pounds.

Cleveland Police set up an online scheme to reunite recovered items with their rightful owners in August 2010 after storage facilities became full.

Anything unclaimed after being highlighted on the site for a period of time was then sold at auction.

So far, £22,987 has been raised, and a number of high-value or sentimental items returned to their owners.

When the scheme began, the force's property store was almost full which meant it faced spending public money on additional storage premises and security.

Although the law allows unclaimed property to be sold after 28 days Cleveland Police wanted to go the extra step before disposing of items of high financial or sentimental value.

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