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Arrests made as part of international organised crime cut down

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This morning (06/06), British Transport Police, in conjunction with Romanian authorities, Eurojust and Europol have made a number of arrests as part of an international investigation into organised crime.

In total, 18 individuals were arrested during simultaneous raids at addresses in east London, Leicester and in Romania. Detectives from British Transport Police supported authorities in Romania who arrested one individual; 16 arrests were made in London with one being made in Leicester. 

Each suspect is in police custody as enquiries continue. 

Detective Inspector Daren Bates from British Transport Police, said: “Today’s arrests follow an 12 month investigation by BTP in partnership with Europol into the manufacture of counterfeit travel cards for UK rail journeys. This has been a complex investigation and I am pleased we have today made a number of arrests. 

“We’re thankful to the extremely vigilant members of rail staff who first identified counterfeit tickets being used on Britain’s rail network. As a result, we launched a comprehensive investigation; this has subsequently identified a corrosive network of organised criminals who have cost the rail industry thousands.” 

The departments in Romania who have assisted British Transport Police, are: Romanian Directorate for Investigation and Organized Crime, and Romanian Police - Brigade for Combating Organized Crime, Directorate for Criminal Investigations and Directorate for Special  Operations
 

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