Man found ‘hiding under a bed’ during raid at Bedford property

A man has been arrested in connection with the fraudulent sale of a house in the UK.

Bedfordshire Police Serious Fraud Investigation Unit (SFIU) officers arrested the man yesterday Wednesday December 15 after a pre-planned raid on a Bedfordshire residential address.

The man in his twenties was arrested after police found him hiding under a bed in a Bedford house.

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During a search of the property, the investigators confiscated documents, several digital devices and other valuable items. The man was taken into custody for further questioning and then released as part of the investigation.

The investigation concerns a house in Hampshire that was believed to have been sold fraudulently. It is being considered in the same operation as fraudulently selling a home in Luton.

Bedfordshire Police tweeted the arrest yesterday with a video showing investigator (IO) Dave Brecknock.

In a statement on yesterday’s arrest, SFIU’s IO Dave Brecknock said, “Our new team is dedicated to fighting criminals related to serious fraud and today’s arrest is the latest in this ongoing operation.

“Fraud has real and personal effects on victims, and we work hard to combat those who seek to illegally benefit from innocent members of the public.

“We pledge to follow all lines of investigation to determine what happened and to ensure that those involved are brought to justice.”

Anyone with information about fraud can report it to Action Fraud or call 0300 123 2040.

You can also contact Bedfordshire Police through the online reporting center or by calling 101.

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