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Seven arrested in London confiscation order raids

Seven people have been arrested in a series of raids on criminals who have failed to pay back money made from illegal activity.

Officers raided 18 addresses in London after warrants were issued by various courts for the non-payment of confiscation orders totalling £2.6m.

A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said assets and cash had been seized.

A man in south-east London from whom authorities are trying to recover £1.2m was one of those arrested.

'Off-shore accounts'

A force spokesman said millions of pounds' worth of confiscation orders were outstanding in London, despite repeated court demands.

Some of the occupants of the raided addresses had luxury cars, assets worth millions of pounds and off-shore bank accounts, he said.

Det Supt Nick Downing, from the Metropolitan Police's Specialist and Economic Crime Unit, said: "Today is the start of our activity to ensure that those criminals who have had confiscation orders imposed on them by the court pay the outstanding amounts.

"We are committed to ensuring that asset confiscation acts as a deterrent and we will continue to target those with outstanding orders until the full amounts are paid."

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