July 31 2014 Latest news:
By Chris Bishop
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Six men were detained as police raided addresses across North London in the early hours of today.
Four 18-year-old men and two 19-year-old men were arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation.
Money and high value items, such as designer clothes and electrical goods, were seized during the operation, which was led by the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU).
Officers from Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Essex and Hertforshire took part in raids on seven addresses.
Police said they were targeting those believed to be involved in phone scams in Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Surrey.
Det Insp Danny Lawrence, who led the operation, said: “I would like to remind the public that, whilst arrests are continuing to be made, people need to be aware that phone scams are still operating across the region.
“It tends to be the elderly and vulnerable who are targeted by the offenders so please share the following advice with neighbours and relatives.
“If you are suspicious about a telephone conversation you should end the call and contact police via the non-emergency number, 101. Remember to use a mobile phone or a friend’s phone or wait at least five minutes before calling to ensure you aren’t reconnected to the offender.”
Those arrested remain in custody in Herfordshire tonight.