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In pictures: The gangsters' loot going under the hammer in Northern Ireland

By Jonny Bell

A Northern Ireland auction house is giving the public a chance to get their hands on exclusive and rare items seized from criminals.

Watches, cars, motorbikes, jewellery, computers and diamonds worth a combined £600,000 are set to go under the hammer at Wilsons Auctions house in Mallusk.

The items have been seized from gangsters as part of their criminal convictions

Wilsons Auctions hold the contract to sell off items on behalf of 30 of the UK's police forces.

All of the items for auction have been seized from across the UK. Some items came from one gangster who was living the high-life in Spain when the authorities caught up with him.

Aidan Larkin, asset recovery department manager for Wilsons Auction said: "Everything is unreserved, so there is a chance for a real bargain from a real eclectic mix of assets."

He added: "Our job is to take assets, sell them as quickly as possible and get money back whether it's for public services or victims of crime.

"Often now when people are convicted, they are faced with a bill to pay as a means of compensating victims - and that's where we come in."

The auction takes place on Friday night, February 26 at 7pm.

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