Police carried out five warrants across Reading this morning in an investigation into “crash-for-cash” schemes.
Officers from Operation Shunt banged on doors at 7am this morning at addresses in Cardiff Road in Central Reading, Wantage Road, Elm Park Road and Elm Lodge in West Reading and Cholmeley Road in Newtown.
Operation Shunt is an investigation into so-called ‘crash for cash’ schemes in which criminals deliberately cause road collisions in order to commit insurance fraud.
The warrants executed today relate to six complaints in the South and Vale, Abingdon and Oxford areas between March and September last year.
Detective Inspector Louise Roddy from CID Oxfordshire based at Abingdon police station said: “These cash for crash schemes involve serious fraud.
“We are working to bring the offenders to justice because not only does their crime put insurance costs up, it also puts members of the public at risk of being involved in one of these induced collisions.”