Seven held in terror police raids

Published: Wednesday 6th May 2015 by The News Editor

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Counter-terrorism police investigating fraud linked to extremists travelling to Syria have arrested six men and a woman.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police’s counter-terrorism command attended six addresses in London and one address in Luton, Bedfordshire.

All of the suspects have been arrested for conspiracy to commit fraud and money-laundering, except the woman, who was held on suspicion of money-laundering only.

Scotland Yard said officers are investigating a “large-scale fraud” connected to UK extremists travelling to Syria.

The arrests are part of a continuing investigation into allegations that vulnerable and elderly victims were cold-called on their home phones by a suspect impersonating a police officer.

The force said: ” Members of the public are strongly advised, if you receive a call like this about your bank account from someone claiming to be a police officer, hang up the phone, wait at least five minutes to make sure the phone line has cleared, or use another phone line, before ringing the phone number on your bank card.”

A 23-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman were held at an address in north London. Four other men aged between 21 and 28 were arrested at separate addresses in north London, while a 38-year-old man was detained in Luton.

Officers are searching seven properties. The arrested men have been taken to a police station in south London and are in custody.

Police said a 46-year-old woman was arrested at one of the addresses in north London on suspicion of an offence under section 2 of the Child Abduction Act 1984.

She was arrested in connection with an unrelated investigation over a young girl believed to have travelled to Turkey. The woman has been bailed.

Published: Wednesday 6th May 2015 by The News Editor

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