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Six people were arrested, this week, over a crime which spiked in Epping Forest earlier this year
Six more suspected members of an organised crime ring were charged in connection with thefts from the elderly yesterday.
In the last two months search warrants have been executed at homes in Epping, Colchester and Clacton, leading to the arrest of 13 people.
Nearly 40 victims, aged 65 to 99, living mostly in Epping Forest, are thought to have been victims of fraudulent activity in excess of £1m.
A seven-month long investigation by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, Essex County Council Trading Standards and Adult Social Care, lead to the recent arrests.
The most recent six, all charged with money laundering, are
• Unemployed man Barry Lilley, 63, of Frinton Road, Kirby Cross.
• Lee Symes, a 33-year-old builder, of Church Road, Elmstead.
• Susan Lilley, a 57-year-old National Grid worker, of Ipswich Road, Holland-on-Sea.
• Vanessa Clement, a 54-year-old cleaner, of Bromley Road, Ardleigh.
• Lee Purdy, a 26-year-old boxer of Greenstead Road, Colchester.
• Derek Johnstone, a 69year-old retired man, of Ipswich Road, Holland-on-Sea.
They have all been bailed to appear at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on September 10.
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