England

Operation targets mortgage fraud

Seven people have been arrested on suspicion of fraud and money laundering during a police operation in Shropshire and the West Midlands.

More than 60 officers were involved in the operation targeting mortgage fraud.

Warrants were executed at five places in Telford and one in Wolverhampton. Detectives later entered some Telford business properties to seize evidence.

As well as the five men and two women arrested, two further men were also held for obstructing the police.

At 0700 BST warrants were executed at four private properties in the College Ward area of Wellington, one in Admaston and another in Wolverhampton.

Between 0900 and 0930 BST detectives entered three business properties in the Wellington and Hadley areas to seize documents and other evidence.

The force's Serious and organised Crime Unit was leading the operation in partnership with local officers from Telford & Wrekin, West Mercia Police said.

It added that they were also joined by officials from HM Revenue & Customs, the Financial Services Authority, the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the Department for Work and Pensions and the UK Border Agency.

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