Horsemeat: 3 released on bail

Two men from Aberystwyth and one from West Yorkshire have been bailed after being arrested on suspicion of offences under the Fraud Act in relation to the horse meat scandal.

Three arrested over horsemeat scandal still in custody

Three men who were arrested yesterday on suspicion of offences under the Fraud Act remain in police custody tonight.

Dafydd Raw-Rees, 64, the owner of Farmbox Meats near Aberystwyth, was arrested along with a 42-year-old man.

A 63-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of the same offence at Peter Boddy Slaughterhouse in Todmorden, West Yorkshire.

Both plants were inspected on Tuesday by the Food Standards Agency

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Arrests follow fears over painkiller 'bute'

Police arrested the men after it emerged a significant amount of horse meat containing the painkiller "bute" could have been entering the food chain for some time.

Farmbox Meats Ltd, Llandre in Aberystwyth
Farmbox Meats Ltd, Llandre in Aberystwyth Credit: Press Association

Authorities in Britain and France are trying to trace the carcasses of six horses contaminated with bute - which were slaughtered in a UK abattoir and may have entered the human food chain across the Channel.

Meat plant owner among three being held

  • Dafydd Raw-Rees, the owner of Farmbox Meats near Aberystwyth, was arrested on suspicion of offences under the Fraud Act, sources said, along with a 42-year-old man
  • A 63-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of the same offence at Peter Boddy Slaughterhouse in Todmorden, West Yorkshire
  • Both plants were inspected on Tuesday by the Food Standards Agency
  • Peter Boddy said he had done nothing wrong and insisted the FSA inspection was merely to look at his records, but was tonight unavailable for comment

Three arrested in horsemeat probe

Three men have been arrested at meat plants inspected by the Food Standards Agency, Dyfed-Powys Police said.

Two men have been arrested at Farmhouse Meats near Aberystywth, west Wales and another man has been arrested at the Peter Boddy Slaughterhouse in Todmorden, West Yorkshire.

All three have been arrested on suspicion of fraud, and are being interviewed by police and FSA staff.