26/06/2015

20 Arrested In Major Police Operation Across Cardiff

Twenty people have been arrested in Cardiff following a large-scale police operation targeting suspected forced labour, money laundering, theft and abstraction of electricity.

More than 250 officers and staff from South Wales Police and other law enforcement agencies – including the British Transport Police, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and the National Crime Agency – executed a number of warrants at locations across Cardiff.

The operation is the culmination of several months planning and research focused on tackling key individuals involved in organised criminality residing within the Traveller community of Cardiff. During the course of the planning phase we identified activity and evidence relating to money laundering, large scale abstraction of electricity and more concerning, suspected forced labour.

The principle activity took place at the New House Farm, the Shirenewton Caravan site and a residential address on Newport Road in the Rumney area of Cardiff.

The police action represents the latest phase of Operation Fulcrum – South Wales Police’s commitment to keeping communities across Cardiff safe from organised crime.

During the course of the operation, twenty people were arrested for an array of offences, including suspected forced labour, money laundering, theft and the large scale abstraction of electricity. Suspected proceeds of crime ranging from luxury cars, including a Ferrari and a Range Rover, were seized along with a very substantial quantity of cash.

(MH)

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