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.

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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.