Belfast Telegraph

Wilsons to auction £1m of goods for Met Police

By Ryan McAleer

Co Antrim firm Wilsons Auctions has won a £1m contract to sell off surplus assets and property belonging to the Metropolitan Police Service in London.

Wilsons will get involved as jewellery, fine art, antiques and memorabilia go under the hammer, alongside some crime-related property and items found in the street.

It is the latest in a line of government and law enforcement contracts secured by Wilsons, which has grown into the largest independent auction company in the UK and Ireland.

The Mallusk company now employs more than 400 people across 17 sites in the British Isles, with an annual hammer total of over £300m.

Four years ago the Mallusk company formed a specialist asset recovery department. It has since worked with over 40 law enforcement agencies and has been responsible for realising in excess of £85m worth of assets which has been returned to the public purse.

Aidan Larkin, group asset recovery manager at the firm, said: "The growth of our government contracts over the past four years is testament to the great work carried out by our ever-expanding Asset Recovery Department.

"By providing an online auction facility we are opening up our business to a worldwide audience on behalf of our clients as well as accommodating physical bidders in our auction houses," he added.

The two-year contract will run from July 1, with an opportunity to extend it for an additional two years. Many of the items up for auction will come from the Metropolitan Police Service's surplus assets and the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime, the authority responsible for oversight of the Greater London-based police force.

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