Breaking: Counter terror police arrest Luton man

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A man from Luton has been arrested by counter terror police over alleged fraud and money laundering offences.

This morning officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command [SO15] attended six addresses in London and one address in Luton and made seven arrests as part of an ongoing investigation into fraud and money laundering believed to be connected to Syrian terrorism.

A 38-year-old man from Luton is among those who are currently being held in a south London police station, while enquiries continue.

A Met Police spokesperson said: “Officers are investigating a large scale fraud linked to UK extremists travelling to Syria.

“The arrests today form part of an ongoing fraud investigation, whereby unsuspecting vulnerable and elderly victims are ‘cold called’ on their home phone by a suspect impersonating a police officer.

“Members of the public are strongly advised, if you receive a call like this about your bank account from someone claiming to be a police officer, hang up the phone, wait at least five minutes to make sure the phone line has cleared, or use another phone line, before ringing the phone number on your bank card.”