Police investigate two brokers over placing of employers' liability cover

Kent police are carrying out an investigation into Ashford-based brokers Hadleigh Insurance Consultants and Heritage Insurance Associates.

A Kent police spokesman confirmed that a man was arrested "on suspicion of obtaining money by deception".

The man assisted the police with their inquiries but was not charged.

The spokesman said the inquiries related to the placing of employers' liability (EL) cover for roofing companies

He urged clients of Hadleigh and Heritage to "check with the insurer directly" that their cover was in place.

In its last accounts filed with Companies House, Hadleigh reported a loss of £17,789 for the year ended 30 September 2000. There are no accounts available for Heritage which was incorporated in December 2002.

Trevor Robert Williams is listed at Companies House as a Hadleigh shareholder and a director of Heritage.

Earlier this year, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) carried out a series of raids on several brokers in Northern Ireland and England in connection with an alleged £3.5m public liability insurance fraud.

Brokers Preston Whiteside, Preston Whiteside Underwriting, Preston Roberts and Laing & Co were involved in the SFO probe along with an unnamed Leicestershire-based broker.