Homes raided of alleged Lancashire insurance cheats

Police in Nelson, Lancashire, have raided 13 homes over two days, targeting nine people suspected if insurance fraud worth £300,000, the Lancashire Telegraph reports.

Police seized documents, computers, a car and iron gates in the raid that was part of Operation Flashlight, a two-year investigation into fraudulent insurance claims, working with the Insurance Fraud Bureau.

Civilian inspector, Craig Fairbrother also worked with the police on the case that involves fraudulent home contents, buildings and pet insurance.

No legitimate source of income

Det Insp Dave Groombridge, of Nelson CID, said: “Decent hardworking people feel angry and disheartened when they see others flaunting the trappings of wealth when no discernible, legitimate source of income is apparent.

“Together with colleagues from the Insurance Fraud Bureau we have taken property believed to have been fraudulently obtained, restrained assets relating to a number of suspects and will continue to frustrate and disrupt criminal activity in Pendle by making further arrests.”

John Beadle, chairman of the Insurance Fraud Bureau, said: “My message is that insurers are getting better at spotting these types of fraud and don’t think they are easy targets because we will identify you and the consequences are severe.”

Three men charged

Three men have been charged with conspiracy to steal and money laundering offences and three others are assisting detectives with enquiries.