Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Councils And Quangos Can Now Seize Your Assets

Councils get ‘Al Capone’ power to seize assets over minor offences - Times Online
Draconian police powers designed to deprive crime barons of luxury lifestyles are being extended to councils, quangos and agencies to use against the public, The Times has learnt.

The right to search homes, seize cash, freeze bank accounts and confiscate property will be given to town hall officials and civilian investigators employed by organisations as diverse as Royal Mail, the Rural Payments Agency and Transport for London.

The measure, being pushed through by Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary, comes into force next week and will deploy some of the most powerful tools available to detectives against fare dodgers, families in arrears with council tax and other minor offenders.

The radical extension of the Proceeds of Crime Act, through a Statutory Instrument which is not debated by parliament, has been condemned by the chairman of the Police Federation. Paul McKeever said that he was shocked to learn that the decision to hand over “intrusive powers” to people who were not police was made without consultation or debate.
New Labour are obvioulsy shoving through as much of their authoritarian staist legislation as possible before they get turfed out next year.

This is just another example of their complete contempt for the people and democracy. Such an extension of the law is not required and will not recover anything like the amounts claimed.

Alan Johnson is a first-class shitstain.

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