Men charged over online money theft
Seven men have been charged with allegedly laundering money stolen from online bank accounts, police said.
They were arrested at addresses in West Sussex and Portsmouth, Hampshire, on Tuesday morning.
Detectives are now investigating possible links with the arrests of 20 people in London in connection with an alleged multimillion-pound plot to steal from British bank accounts.
The seven men arrested on the South Coast are all Polish nationals.
A Hampshire Police spokeswoman said they were arrested as part of Operation Aggregate, an investigation into a group which was believed to be operating as a cell of a larger organised crime gang.
She said: "The group is alleged to have accessed victims' online bank accounts and transferred money to accounts under their control.
"It is alleged that the men then used bank cards to withdraw the stolen cash at foreign exchange facilities.
"There are potential links between the Hampshire investigation and arrests made on Tuesday by the Metropolitan Police Central e-Crime Unit.
"The raids and arrests were carried out in a co-ordinated fashion between the two forces and potential links are being explored.
"It is too early to comment further on this link at this time whilst this is under investigation."