Police have carried out an early morning raid in Beccles as part of an investigation into the theft and laundering of £2.6m.

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A home in the Beccles area was one of two raided in the early hours of the morning as part of a joint investigation between the City of London and Guernsey Police into the fraud of public funds from the States of Guernsey.

A team of 12 officers from Guernsey Police and the Guernsey Border Agency travelled to the UK yesterday in order to search homes in Dartford, Kent, and Beccles, early this morning.

Guernsey Police have confirmed that documents and computers were seized in the raids and they will be carefully examined.

It is believed that police are looking for two suspects, who were not found at either address.

A spokesman for Guernsey Police said: “Further information found during the course of these searches has given grounds to execute a further search warrant at a third location.

“At this time a number of individuals have been identified for interview, which police are seeking to arrest.

“This is a complex investigation, which by its nature will involve protracted and detailed enquiries.”

The investigation relates to a revelation in July that the States of Guernsey’s Treasury had wrongly paid £2.6m of taxpayers’ money to a third party after receiving a fraudulent letter claiming to be from an airport contractor.

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