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Police presence outside Zurich hotel after Fifa raid

A police van has been seen outside the five-star Zurich hotel raided by officials investigating corruption allegations against Fifa officials.

A police van drives past the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich. Credit: Reuters
The exterior of the five-star hotel in Zurich. Credit: PA Wire
Members of the media have begun to gather outside the hotel. Credit: Reuters

Number of identity theft victims 'up by a third'

The number of people who have fallen victim to identity theft has increase by nearly a third, according to new figures.

Identity fraud rose by a third in the first quarter of 2015 Credit: PA Wire

Data from fraud prevention service Cifas shows 34,151 confirmed instances of identity fraud were recorded between January and March.

Some 80% of identity fraud in the first quarter was attempted online, it said.

Credit cards were involved in 14,103 confirmed cases, while bank accounts were involved in 9,349 cases.

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Fifa Vice President Jeffrey Webb 'among officials arrested'

Fifa Vice President Jeffrey Webb. Credit: PA Wire

Vice President Jeffrey Webb is one of a number of Fifa officials arrested by Swiss authorities, Press Association Sport understands.

Officers swooped on the five-star Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich and arrested a number of officials, including Mr Webb from the Cayman Islands, Press Association Sport understands.

The New York Times has reported that charges include wire fraud, racketeering and money laundering, and that the United States attorney general Loretta Lynch is due to hold a news conference later today.

Fifa officials 'facing bribery charges totalling $100m'

Fifa officials arrested in Zurich could face bribery charges totalling more than $100 million, Swiss officials say.

The media begins to gather outside the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich. Credit: Reuters

A statement from the Federal Office of Justice said:

The US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York is investigating these individuals on suspicion of the acceptance of bribes and kick-backs between the early 1990s and the present day.

The bribery suspects – representatives of sports media and sports promotion firms – are alleged to have been involved in schemes to make payments to the soccer functionaries – delegates of Fifa and other functionaries of Fifa sub-organisations - totalling more than $100 million.

In return, it is believed that they received media, marketing, and sponsorship rights in connection with soccer tournaments in Latin America. According to the US request, these crimes were agreed and prepared in the US, and payments were carried out via US banks.

– Federal Office of Justice

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Weather: Temperatures could reach 20 degrees

Temperatures could reach 20C today. Credit: Met Office

A largely dry start for much of the UK, though tending to be generally cloudy across the north.

Rain spreading into Northern Ireland and Western Scotland through the morning, spreading eastwards and reaching the east coast of England by the evening.

In the best of the sunshine in the south, highs will reach 20 Celsius (68F).

Top Fifa officials 'arrested in dawn raid'

Several top Fifa officials have been arrested in an extraordinary dawn raid in a five-star Zurich hotel, according to reports.

A number of Fifa officials arrested in Zurich could face bribery charges. Credit: Reuters

The New York Times said plain-clothed police officers took the room keys from the reception at the Baur au Lac hotel, where the officials were staying, and headed up to the rooms.

The arrests are said to have been carried out on behalf of the US Justice Department, which is investigating allegations of corruption and racketeering.

The unnamed officials now face extradition.

The raid was carried out as Fifa officials gathered ahead of this week's Fifa presidential election.

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