30/09/2005

Glengormley couple have £200k assets frozen

Belfast High Court has frozen assets worth £200,000 following an investigation by the Assets Recovery Agency into the affairs of a married couple in Glengormley.

The Assets Recovery Agency has been granted an interim receiving order on assets belonging to Henry Hayles of Glenwell Avenue and his wife, Lauziata, after it was alleged that Mr Hayles has been involved in organised crime, including cash delivery van robberies, drug trafficking and firearms offences.

He is also alleged to have links with loyalist and republican paramilitaries, however, there are no allegations that he is involved in any paramilitary activity.

The assets frozen by the agency are: a property at Glenwell Avenue, Glengormley; a property in Florida; a Nissan Terrano; a Volkswagen Golf; a Renault Clio and a bank account in the name of Mrs Hayles.

Commenting on the case, as well as two separate others brought before court in September, Security Minister and Chair of the Organised Crime Task Force, Shaun Woodward, said: "These cases demonstrate the range of activities that organised criminals engage in. They also demonstrate the superb multi-agency partnerships that our law enforcement agencies have established.

"These partnerships extend across the border with the Republic of Ireland too and we will continue to work collectively to tackle organised criminals and take their profits."

(MB/SP)

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