TalkTalk hacker Elliott Gunton: Cryptocurrency auctioned by police

Elliott GuntonImage copyrightEast Anglia News Service
Image caption Elliott Gunton was jailed for hacking TalkTalk

A police force has auctioned off more than £240,000 of cryptocurrency confiscated from a teenage hacker.

The Eastern Region Special Operations Unit sold the stash, which included Bitcoin, Ripple and Ethereum, in what it said was a first for UK police.

It is understood the currency came from Elliott Gunton, of Old Catton, near Norwich, who received a jail sentence for hacking internet provider TalkTalk.

The unit said the money raised would go towards fighting crime.

The assets were sold in small lots by Wilsons Auctions and all bidders were approved users of cryptocurrency, to ensure the digital money could not fall back into criminal hands.