Arrests made in connection with horsemeat scandal

Police investigating the horsemeat scandal have arrested two men on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and interviewed two others under caution.

The City of London Police, which leads national policing for fraud and was asked to support the Food Standards Agency (FSA) investigation into the contamination, said the arrests had taken place since it launched its investigation in May. It added that a number of homes and businesses had also been searched, but did not reveal the names of people or businesses implicated.

The force said its National Fraud Intelligence Bureau had reviewed all available evidence collected by law enforcement agencies in the UK and Europe, as well information collected by the FSA.

Detective Chief Superintendent Oliver Shaw, from the City of London Police, said: “This is an extremely complex investigation covering a number of jurisdictions and a variety of businesses. We are working closely with police forces, other law enforcement agencies and regulators to determine whether horse meat being used in a range of meat products was deliberate and coordinated criminal activity.”


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