Couple’s anger as £47,000 is seized by police in probe

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A COUPLE who were arrested then released have told of their frustration at not having £47,000 in cash returned.

Susan Sykes and Ian Whyte, both 61, were arrested on suspicion of theft and the cash in boxes was taken by police from their home.

Susan Sykes is waiting to have �47,000 returned to her from Hampshire Constabulary Picture: Malcolm Wells (160105-4547)

Susan Sykes is waiting to have �47,000 returned to her from Hampshire Constabulary Picture: Malcolm Wells (160105-4547)

But the pair, of Jason Place, Waterlooville, have been released from bail and are angry that the money – seized in October 2014 – has not been returned.

‘We’ve done nothing, they keep telling me they’re going to give us the money but they won’t,’ Susan told The News.

‘It’s really affected our lives, we can’t carry on with this any more.

‘It’s our own money.

We’ve done nothing, they keep telling me they’re going to give us the money but they won’t

Susan Sykes

‘I can’t go on, it’s made me really ill.

‘We’ve both been really down since they took it.’

The couple received a letter just last month explaining the Crown Prosecution Service is set to make a decision about the investigation next month.

It means they could potentially face further action.

Both Ian and Susan deny any wrongdoing.

Ian added: ‘I know at the end of the day it will be back.

‘We just got arrested over something that had nothing to do with us and obviously they have removed some money.

‘At the end of the day it’s our money that we saved and that’s that.

‘It’s been going on for so long it’s ridiculous.’

He added their solicitor has complained to Hampshire police and the Crown Prosecution Service.

The College of Policing, which is responsible for officer training, says on its website that normally if a criminal case collapses any cash seized should be returned.

But if police suspect the cash has come from a crime then it can still be seized, detained and forfeited.

Hampshire police confirmed a 61-year-old man and a 61-year-old woman had been arrested on October 20, 2014, but are not on bail or under arrest. The cash was seized on the same day.

A spokeswoman said a financial investigation is continuing into an allegation £12,000 was stolen from an 87-year-old woman.

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