Dozen held over plot to steal millions from Santander

Police said they prevented multi-million-pound losses from Santander's branch at Surrey Quays shopping centre. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Twelve men have been arrested over an alleged plot to take over Santander Bank's computer to steal millions of pounds from the bank.

The group are accused of fitting a device to a computer within the bank's Surrey Quays branch in south-east London and attempting to remotely control the bank's main computer.

Eleven men, aged between 23 and 50, were arrested in Hounslow, while a 34-year-old man was held at Vauxhall Bridge Road.

The arrests yesterday were the result of a long-term investigation by the Metropolitan Police's Central e-Crime Unit, which described the alleged plot as "audacious".

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Bank 'cyber hack' plot arrests

12 men have been arrested over allegedly attempting to take control of a Santander bank computer at a branch in London. Police say the "audacious" plot involved using a keyboard video mouse to remotely access the PC.