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Last Updated: Friday, 1 September 2006, 11:08 GMT 12:08 UK
Seven quizzed over car parts scam
Stripped down car
The carcasses are crushed for scrap
Police investigating a scam in which luxury cars are stolen to order before being stripped down and shipped to west Africa, have arrested seven people.

The vehicles, mainly Mercedes, are thought to be dismantled at a yard in Stratford, east London.

Police believe the carcasses are crushed for scrap and the parts shipped to Nigeria where they are sold on.

Six men, aged between 27 and 54, and a 16-year-old youth are being held on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

They were arrested during raids on Thursday afternoon.

Police said this type of operation was capable of turning over up to 70,000 a month.


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