Police in 'crash-for-cash' raids

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Police investigating suspected 'crash-for-cash' insurance scams have carried out raids. Police investigating suspected 'crash-for-cash' insurance scams have carried out raids.

Police investigating a series of suspected "crash-for-cash" insurance scams have carried out a number of raids.

Officers from Thames Valley Police executed five synchronised warrants in Reading, Berkshire, at 7am today as part of Operation Shunt.

It is an investigation into so-called "crash-for-cash" cons where crooks deliberately cause road crashes in order to commit insurance fraud.

Police said the warrants related to six complaints in the South and Vale, Abingdon and Oxford areas between March and September last year.

Detective Inspector Louise Roddy, from Thames Valley Police, said: "These crash-for-cash schemes involve serious fraud.

"We are working to bring the offenders to justice because not only does their crime put insurance costs up, it also puts members of the public at risk of being involved in one of these induced collisions."

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