Twenty people across London were arrested last week in an attempt to clamp down on motor fraudsters.

The Metropolitan Police teamed up with the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB) to catch those responsible for ‘cash for crash’ scams.

John Beadle, chairman of the IFB, said: “The success of last week’s police action demonstrates the power of the private and public sector working collaboratively.

“On behalf of the insurance industry we will continue to work closely with the police to protect innocent motorists and policyholders.”

The IFB was created in July 2006 in an attempt to stop fraudulent practice which is costing the insurance industry over £1.6bn a year and raising premiums by 5%.