Over a hundred police officers raided eight properties in Manchester, UK, in connection with a suspected cross-border car leasing fraud.

100 officers from Cheshire Constabulary and Greater Manchester Police targeted suspected criminals across Oldham, Levenshulme and Stockport, believed to be involved in a high-value car scam.

Five men aged between 28 and 58-years-old have been arrested by the police

The sting follows a lengthy and complex investigation by Cheshire Constabulary’s Economic Crime Unit, examining the activities of a group thought to be fraudulently leasing high value cars, which are then transported overseas and not returned.

Detective Sergeant Brian Faint, of Cheshire Constabulary’s Economic Crime Unit, said: “Organised crime groups bring misery and pain to our communities.

“Fraud is not a victimless crime and today’s operation was a great success. It reinforces our commitment to targeting those who believe they can commit these offences and get away with it.

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“We will continue to track down anyone believed to be involved in these offences to ensure we protect our communities and local businesses.”