A Radcliffe man, convicted of drug offences, has been ordered to pay back £7,000 of his ill-gotten gains.

James Warwick, formerly of Withins Avenue, Radcliffe, was sentenced to 32 months in prison last year.

He appeared before the courts again on Wednesday (June 16) to be told that he would have to repay more than £7,000 of his criminal gains.

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In total, Warwick was found to have made £12,849 from his criminal activity — with Greater Manchester Police able to recover £7,047 of this figure.

That is the amount he has in total from assets such as cash found in his house on arrest, his car, bank balances, and money that he transferred to a family member, a GMP spokesperson said.

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"I hope this case sends a stark warning to anyone considering funding their lifestyle through criminal behaviour, that not only will we do everything in our power to secure a conviction but we will also ensure that you have to pay back ill-gotten gains,” financial investigator Carole Holland, from GMP's Bury District, said.

She added: "We will send people to court to face justice for their crimes but also seek to retrieve money that they funded through crime which is then put back into the community towards a number of things such as community projects.

"This is another great result for GMPs Economic and Cyber Crime section."

Under the terms of the Proceeds of Crime Act confiscation order, Warwick has three months to pay this money back or another four months will be added on top of his current custodial term.