Crawford has recruited six people from Capita Insurance Services for its counter-fraud solution team.

Former national fraud co-ordination and liaison manager for investigation work with Northern Rock, Colin Russell joins Crawford as senior investigator for the Newcastle branch.

And former senior investigator for Capita Gerry Conlan brings over 30 years' police experience and 10 years' insurance experience to Crawford.

Other recruits include former fraud co-ord-inator Louise Pope who will be working at Crawford's Royal and SunAlliance service centre in Glasgow.

Garry Slater joins as investigator for the Midlands, Hester Bridges as technician for the Midlands and Paul Owens who will be investigator for southern England.

Crawford head of counter-fraud solutions UK Bobby Gracey said: "We have recruited some fantastic individuals who will have important roles to play in the continuing growth and hopefully new contract wins.

"I was overwhelmed with CVs from people we have worked with in the past. There is no doubt that further recruitment both internally and externally will occur in the very near future."