Lancashire

Two Blackburn men held in car clocking inquiry

Two men have been arrested as part of an investigation into car clocking in Lancashire.

The men, aged 71 and 41, were arrested in raids on two properties in Blackburn on suspicion of fraud by misrepresentation.

It follows an investigation into the alleged clocking and sale of up to 50 vehicles.

The police and trading standards inquiry began when a member of the public reported concerns last August.

Car clocking involves tampering with a vehicle's mileage clock to make it look as if the car has travelled fewer miles than it has.

Clocking a car can increase its value, making sales more profitable for the trader.

PC Sian Barnard said: "These arrests were made as part of a major investigation into allegations of car clocking.

"Tampering with a vehicle's mileage and selling it on without declaring it is illegal and can be very dangerous to the driver and other road users.

"Anyone with concerns should seek expert advice before making a purchase."

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