Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Eight charged over 'phone hijack'

Eight people, including seven from South Yorkshire, have been charged in connection with a £3m fraud involving mobile phones.

Six men and two women were charged following a police inquiry over the hijacking of SIM cards for Vodafone and other telecommunications providers.

They will appear at City of London Magistrates' Court on 8 May.

The investigation involved police working with Vodafone after customers' accounts were hijacked.

The accused, who were charged in Sheffield this week, are aged between 22 and 45. Four men and one woman are from Rotherham, one man is from Doncaster, one woman is from Sheffield and one man is from London.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "This investigation concerns the alleged manipulation of genuine account holders' details to obtain SIM cards used to make phone calls to premium rate lines at the expense of telecommunications providers."

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