Sussex police have launched an ebay auction page to shift its hoard of lost and seized property, some of which has been sitting in the force’s lockup for years.
The Sussex force is clearing out unwanted goods ranging from a Fifty Shades DVD to a vintage coal scuttle. At the top end of the lots is a Giant Revel bike, which after 21 bids had reached £87, while at the lower end was a pack of out-of-date HP Laserjet printer cartridges, yet to attract any interest.
Everything going up for auction.starts from 99p, including higher value items such as a soon-to-appear £2,000 Omega watch, new clothes, toiletries and bikes.
All proceeds from the sales will be given to community projects by the Police Property Act Fund.
The property team leader at Sussex police, Natalie Tipler, said: “We are selling some really unusual items like paintings, Victorian brass doorknobs and we have a vintage brass coal scuttle which are due to be listed over the next few days.
“We’ve also sold a street sign, boot scraper and garden ornament; it’s amazing what people want to buy and what is one person’s junk is another person’s treasure. Crates of brand-new clothes, perfumes, books and toiletries, which we will put on to the site over the coming months.”
The force is unable to sell items such as tobacco and alcohol and takes measures to ensure goods they sell are not counterfeit, such as designer clothes, watches and perfume.