North West Wales

£150k seized from Polish lorry drivers at Holyhead port

UK Border Agency officers have seized cash totalling nearly £150,000 from three Polish lorry drivers at Holyhead.

The men were stopped last week on three successive days after arriving on Anglesey on ferries from Dublin.

The first driver declared a small amount of cash but was found to be carrying 87,000 euros (£76,000). The second man had 57,200 euros (£50,000), and the third more than £20,000.

The money was seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

UK Border Agency officers have the power to seize cash in order to recover the proceeds of criminal activity without requiring a criminal conviction.

Money seized will only be returned if suspects can prove to a court it came from legitimate sources.

The agency was given permission to hold the cash after hearings at Caernarfon Magistrates' Court, while investigations continue.

John Fairclough, from the UK Border Agency's criminal and financial investigations team, said: "These seizures show the robust controls we have in place at our ports and airports."

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