Gainsborough was one of a few places involved in a huge police investigation where arrests were made for fraud and money-laundering offences this morning (Thursday 25th April).
More than 50 officers searched homes and businesses in Gainsborough Scunthorpe, and London as part of a multi-agency investigation into alleged breaches of the Gangmasters Licensing Act.
The joint operation was carried out by a team from:the Gangmasters Licensing Authority, East Midlands Special Operations Unit, uniformed police officers from Humberside, Lincolnshire and the Metropolitan Police, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).
Private addresses in Gainsborough and London were entered and searched on Friday 25th April at 7am. At the same time, search warrants were also served on six homes in Scunthorpe.
As a result of the operation, four men and three women were arrested and are now being questioned.
GLA chief executive Paul Broadbent said: “The GLA is set to implement a revised strategy with its key priority for the future being to work in partnership to tackle unlicensed and criminal activity.”
“The multi-agency approach employed in this instance is an excellent illustration of how we intend to operate from now on.”
He continued: “We will continue to join forces with other relevant organisations and i’m delighted - for the first time - to have added a Regional Asset Recovery Team to the growing pool of expertise we will call on.”
Mr Broadbent added: “Ultimately, we want to use this approach to penalise criminals and eradicate criminal activity from the sector we regulate - providing a level playing field on which the lawful operators we licence can flourish.”
Detective Sergeant Doug Ing of the East Midlands Regional Asset Recovery Team added: “We will now continue to work in conjunction with the GLA and other agencies, including the Crown Prosecution Service, to bring offenders to justice.”