The estate of a man gunned down outside his Virginia Water home has handed over £660,000 of ill-gotten gain to the Government.

Daniel Leonard Blackett was 36 when he was shot dead on the doorstep of Blisland Lodge in Sandhills Lane, Thorpe Green in September 2004.

While his murder remains unsolved, a Surrey Police and Assets Recovery Agency (ARA) investigation revealed Mr Blackett had hidden profits from crime in several offshore companies and trusts set up using false names.

Charlie Dickin, ARA deputy director of operations, said Mr Blackett - who had several previous convictions for burglary and theft - used the companies to buy the family home in Thorpe Green.

He said agency had reached an agreement with Mr Blackett's common law wife Nichola Marie Jackson to take over the house and land.

"The agency has a duty to help reduce crime and we aim to maximise the impact on those who make a profit from crime," Mr Dickin said.

"In settlement cases, we proactively encourage respondents to settle at an appropriately high level.

"In this case, the forthright co-operation of Nichola Jackson has resulted in the early recovery of the late Mr Blackett's assets.

"Cases that are settled in this way are often in the interests of the respondent and their family, as well as in the public interest."