Magistrates have forfeited almost £4,000 found stashed under a bush in a park in Brimington.
At a hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act on Tuesday, December 24 magistrates in Chesterfield made a forfeiture order for the whole amount of £3,960.
The act gives the police the power to take people to court and strip them of cash and assets if they cannot prove they have obtained it legitimately.
On June 14, a group of teenagers saw a man run into Thistle Park on Station Road and put something under a bush before leaving quickly.
The group looked under the bush and discovered a bag containing a large amount of cash, which they handed in to police.
The following day a 41-year-old man reported to police he had lost almost £4,000 in the same park. Officers carried out enquiries and the man could not prove the money was legitimately his.
The cash was forfeited on the basis that the money was obtained from unlawful conduct and/or intended for use in unlawful conduct.
The money seized is split between the Treasury and police, Court Services and the Crown Prosecution Service.
If you have information about someone who is enjoying the proceeds of crime, contact Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.