Multi-agency operation to tackle organised crime

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Three arrests following proactive multi-agency operation to tackle organised crime

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of fraud, Proceeds of Crime Act Offences and consumer protection from unfair trading regulations following a multi-agency operation to tackle organised crime in the county.
Officers from Wiltshire Police and the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (SW ROCU) Disruption Team supported the Trading Standards led operation on Thursday 25 July.
A number of early morning warrants were carried out in Swindon and Shrivenham, targeting those suspected of unfair trading and defrauding a large number of victims across the region into paying for unnecessary or vastly overpriced building work.
Two men, aged 40 and a woman, aged 29, were detained following the joint operation, which has seen the seizure of financial assets, mobile telephones, computers and financial documentation.
Sean Murphy, Service Manager of the Public Protection Partnership, said: “Yesterday’s warrants executed by our Trading Standards Investigations Team resulted from an ongoing investigation into trading activities in Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire.
“We are grateful to our colleagues from Wiltshire Police, South West ROCU, Oxfordshire Trading Standards and National Trading Standards Tri-Region Investigation Team for their support in the planning and execution of the warrants. Investigations are continuing”.
Detective Superintendent Jeremy Carter, Force Lead for Organised Crime at Wiltshire Police, said: “At Wiltshire Police we are committed to working with partners to tackle organised criminality in Wiltshire and Swindon.
“Tackling organised crime is an on-going battle and a priority for the police, both locally and nationally. Yesterday’s operation was part of our forces whole system approach to tackle serious and organised crime.
“I want to take this opportunity to urge members of the public to report any concerns or information they may have around organised criminality to us via 101. You could have the missing piece of the puzzle that can help us in our investigations”. 
Detective Sergeant Dan Watts, SW ROCUs Regional Disruption Team, said: “As well as supporting the actual arrests yesterday, our role is very much about helping to build the intelligence picture to enable such enforcement to happen. 
“Organised criminals obviously try very hard to frustrate this process, but our access to information and knowledge of the range of powers available to us and partner agencies means we can fill the gaps they try so hard to create”.
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