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13 December 2018, 14:19 | Updated: 13 December 2018, 14:23
Thames Valley Police have undertaken a number of warrants across the region against economic and money laundering crimes.
The warrants were carried out at nine addresses including Darwin Close in Milton Keynes and various other properties in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and as far away as Nottinghamshire; four people have been arrested.
Cash, jewellery and vehicles were all seized as part of the warrants.
Detective Inspector Duncan Wynn, of the Thames Valley Police Economic Crime Unit, who led the operation, said:
“The offences which took place at these properties are not linked, but were targeted as part of a day of action in order to combat economic crime across the Thames Valley.
We are investigating money laundering offences, and after gathering intelligence, we carried out this series of warrants.
Money laundering is a key element of serious and organised crime, much of which has devastating consequences for victims and communities across the Thames Valley.
Those who commit these offences, and those who are affected by them, come from all walks of life.
Many people think of money laundering as being a victimless crime, but I want to highlight that this is not the case and the seriousness of these offences.
Those who carry out this sort of offence are often responsible for ensuring that there is a financial reward involved in crime and are contributing to the misery caused to many by organised crime.
We will not tolerate money laundering or other economic crimes, and will continue to target and disrupt those who carry out these sorts of offences.
If you are aware of any economic crime, or would like to report any offence, please call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.”