Police Force Sells Abandoned Underpants, Creased Skirts and DVDs to Fund Operations

By Gary Cutlack on at

Here's a lovely discovery some lucky journalist has made: the official Sussex Police eBay profile, where such glorious items as unclaimed underpants, random DVDs, broken ex-police torches and Beyonce's Midnight Heat as a Valentine's treat can be bought to do your bit to help the force meet its funding shortfall.

There is some faux outrage in certain media circles over a few of the items, with some finding it productive to take offence from the fact that certain police uniform items are listed for sale. This could make it easier for criminals to impersonate police officers, they say, although all we're really interested in finding out is how the hell did Sussex Police come to be in posession of a size 10 camel coloured skirt from H&M or 15 broken bikes? And what's wrong with the 10 19-inch monitors they no longer need? Is a 4:3 aspect ratio not good enough for digital crime-fighting on these days?

Apparently many of the random non-police items are the confiscated proceeds of crime, with anyone who happens to spot their missing stolen goods up for sale asked to contact the police force to ask for its return. [eBay via The Times]