Six men have been arrested following a series of warrants carried out across North London in the early hours of today (Wednesday, April 23).
The warrants were led by the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU*) and targeted those believed to be involved in phone scams in Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Surrey.
Officers from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk all worked together and executed warrants at seven addresses. They were supported by the Metropolitan Police Service.
Four 18-year-old men and two 19-year-old men were arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation. Money and high value items, such as designer clothes and electrical goods, were seized during the warrants.
Detective Inspector Danny Lawrence who led the operation said: “The warrants carried out this morning further show how hard we are working to make the region a hostile place for anyone involved in phone scams and organised crime.
“I would like to remind the public that, whilst arrests are continuing to be made, people need to be aware that phone scams are still operating across the region. It tends to be the elderly and vulnerable who are targeted by the offenders so please share the following advice with neighbours and relatives.
“If you are suspicious about a telephone conversation you should end the call and contact police via the non-emergency number, 101. Remember to use a mobile phone or a friend’s phone or wait at least five minutes before calling to ensure you aren’t reconnected to the offender.
All of those arrested remain in police custody in Hertfordshire.
*ERSOU was established in 2010 to deliver an increased response to tackling the threat of organised crime across the six police forces in the Eastern Region of the United Kingdom and to provide specialist covert policing capability to law enforcement.
The unit is made up of resources from across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, to identify, disrupt and dismantle organised crime groups impacting on the Eastern Region. The unit creates additional specialist capability across the region through effective partnership and collaboration to make the region a place hostile to organised crime.