Unique police number plate fetches £243k for charity

Auctioneer John Ardill with the �243,000 plate in Belfast
Auctioneer John Ardill with the �243,000 plate in Belfast
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North Yorkshire Police have sold a number plate they owned for over 100 years - AJ1 - for £243,000 at Wilsons Auctions in Belfast.

North Yorkshire Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner (PFCC) sold the number during a Prestige Number Plate Auction at Wilsons Auctions Belfast on 27 June. T

his was the first time the vehicle registration has ever been sold since it was registered in 1907, having been used by the force for over 100 years.

The money realised will be returned to North Yorkshire PFCC and invested into the local community through two projects. The first will help to support work improving the Memorial Garden in the middle of North Yorkshire Police Headquarters at Alverton Court and the second is the community road safety with a new ‘AJ1 Project’ fund.

Speaking of the number plate’s success, auctioneer John Ardill said, “This was a fantastic outcome for the sale of this very unique number plate. The auction received a lot of attention across the UK and there was an electric atmosphere in the auction hall on the night with a great mix of physical, phone and online bids. We are thrilled to have achieved £243,000 for North Yorkshire PFCC with proceeds being used across two very worthwhile causes.”

AJ1 featured alongside a number of unique entries from police forces, government departments and more, with the auction taking place at Wilsons Auctions’ Belfast branch.