Libor investigation arrests

Three men were arrested today in connection with an investigation into the manipulation of Libor, the interbank lending rate, the Serious Fraud Office said.

SFO's Libor investigation followed £290m Barclays fine

The Serious Fraud Office opened its investigation into Libor manipulation in July after Barclays was fined £290 million by US and UK regulators for rigging the key lending rate which affects mortgages and loans. Other banks are also subject to investigation.

At the height of the banking scandal this summer, the SFO revealed it had been working closely with the Financial Services Authority (FSA).

The Government department, which is responsible for investigating and prosecuting serious and complex fraud, launched an inquiry into the entire banking sector.

It came after a number of traders at Barclays were found to have rigged Libor to boost profits and bonus rewards, while the bank was also accused of lowering submissions in a bid to alter the perception of the lender's finances.

Three men arrested in Libor manipulation investigation

Three men have been arrested in connection with the investigation into the manipulation of the interbank lending rate Libor, the Serious Fraud Office has said.

The SFO, assisted by City of London Police, today executed search warrants at two homes in Essex and one in Surrey.

The men, who are aged 33, 41 and 47, were taken to a London police station for questioning.

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