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Three held in 'major' fraud probe

Antrim police station
Two men and a woman are being questioned at Antrim police station

A "major fraud and money-laundering operation" has been uncovered after three people were arrested in County Armagh, the police have said.

A 45-year-old man and a 47-year-old woman were detained in Silverbridge near Newry, while a 52-year-old man was arrested in Keady.

A number of properties were searched in south Armagh and County Tyrone as part of the 16-month investigation.

Irish police also carried out searches in Counties Louth and Monaghan.

A police spokesman said "a substantial amount" of documents and equipment had been seized during the operation which was led by the PSNI's organised crime branch.

"Organised crime officers have been working with a number of agencies and organisations for a considerable period of time to mount today's searches and arrests," he said.

He added that the searches were planned "to keep disruption and inconvenience to local communities to an absolute minimum".

The three people who were arrested have been taken to at Antrim police station for questioning.

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