Cheshire officers swoop on organised crime gangs in dawn raids Date published: 27th April 2017 7.27am

Cheshire officers swooped on organised crime gang members in a series of dawn raids in Manchester this morning (Thursday, 27 April).

More than 100 officers from Cheshire Constabulary and Greater Manchester Police targeted suspected criminals across Oldham, Levenshulme and Stockport, believed to be involved in a high-value car scam.

Officers targeted eight properties and arrested five men aged between 28 and 58-years-old. The sting follows a lengthy and complex investigation by Cheshire Constabulary’s Economic Crime Unit, looking into the activities of a group thought to be fraudulently leasing high value cars, which are then transported overseas and never seen again.

Detective Sergeant Brian Faint, of Cheshire Constabulary’s Economic Crime Unit, said: “Organised crime groups bring misery and pain to our communities.

“Fraud is not a victimless crime and today’s operation was a great success. It reinforces our commitment to targeting those who believe they can commit these offences and get away with it.

“We will continue to track down anyone believed to be involved in these offences to ensure we protect our communities and local businesses.”

Anyone who believes they may have been a victim of fraud should report it by contacting Cheshire Police on 101. Alternatively you can call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or report it online at www.actionfraud.co.uk.