Leeds & West Yorkshire

Five held over West Yorkshire car repair fraud

Five people have been arrested in a fraud inquiry after cars written off by insurance companies were repaired and sold as undamaged vehicles.

West Yorkshire Police said the five men had been arrested at premises in Keighley, Dewsbury and Bradford.

Officers said high value cars had their status altered to suggest they had not suffered damage.

The status details whether the vehicle has been in an accident, damaged or has outstanding finance.

Police said a Porsche and two Audi vehicles were among the cars seized while a quantity of cash was also recovered.

A total of 52 cars were found to have been written off by an insurance company only to be "badly repaired and then sold on to unsuspecting customers at a higher rate," a force spokesman said.

All of the owners whose vehicles' histories had been edited have been notified, police said.

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