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.
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