9 Arrested In Fraud Investigation

Police investigating suspected fraud and money laundering offences have arrested eight men and one woman in Kirklees.

They were picked up yesterday morning (Monday) - one man is still in custody but the others have been released on bail pending further inquiries.

Six cars worth around £150k were seized, along with 20k worth of cash, and 15k jewellery.

The operation came as a result of a major investigation by Kirklees CID, Proceeds of Crime Officers the Ministry of Justice and the Insurance Fraud Bureau - looking into a suspected crash for cash scam in Huddersfield.

DI Andy White of Kirklees CID said: "These arrests have come as a result of months of work investigating an alleged crash for cash scam operating in the Huddersfield area. The people involved in this organised criminal activity effect us all leading to insurance premiums being inflated to cover these losses.

"These are serious offences and I would like to use this opportunity to appeal for anyone who feels that they have been a victim of such a scam, or may have been coerced into getting involved in one, to contact DC Mark Lunn on 01924 295311 or via 0845 6060606."