Two businesses in Derry were among 18 premises searched across the North today, as part of an ongoing investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) into a suspected one million pound tax fraud.

More than 120 Officers from HMRC searched two private and 16 business addresses. Three people have been arrested.

Steve Tracey, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said: “Tax fraud is often thought victimless but it isn’t; the public lose out on vital funds for essential services. We will continue to work with our partners to tackle this crime and ask anyone with information about this kind of activity report it to HMRC online or contact our Fraud Hotline on 0800 788 887.”

Computers and business records were seized during the operation. Those arrested were interviewed by HMRC and have been released under bail. Investigations are continuing.

The three arrests were all made in the Newry area.

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