16 arrests over scam targeting the elderly

Detectives have arrested 16 people in raids across Essex in one of the biggest investigations in England and Wales into a criminal conspiracy targeting vulnerable elderly people.

Up to 140 pensioners, aged between 65 and 99, were allegedly conned out of more than £1 million by the gang, say police.

Eighteen victims, predominantly widowed or unmarried women, died during the investigation by detectives from the Kent and Essex serious crime directorate.


Elderly scam gang arrests

Police executing warrants as part of a major investigation into the defrauding of the elderly in Essex have made 16 arrests.