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More arrests following VAT probe

Two more arrests have been made following investigations into suspected VAT fraud and money laundering in the caravan and motor home industry.

Five men held after a series of raids in Staffordshire, Greater Manchester and Shropshire have been bailed.

A 38-year-old Stockport man has now also been bailed while a 27-year-old Kent man remains in custody.

They were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cheat the public revenue and money laundering offences.

Officers from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) searched the nine premises during an operation codenamed Quicksilver.

HMRC officers have seized more than £50,000 in cash and a number of valuables during the operation.

The five men arrested on Tuesday morning have been bailed until 5 October.

They are three men from the Stafford area, aged 36, 37 and 46, a 45-year-old man from Stone, Staffordshire, and a 67-year-old man from Altrincham, Greater Manchester.

The sixth man, from Stockport, was arrested on Tuesday evening and bailed until 5 October.

The seventh man, from Kent, was arrested on Wednesday morning.

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