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Three arrested as part of investigation into £1m fraud

Two men and a woman from Newry have been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation by HMRC into a £1m tax fraud.

More than 120 Revenue officers took part in searches at 16 business addresses across Northern Ireland on Wednesday.

Business premises were searched in Newry; the Belfast and Newtownabbey area; the Antrim area; the Londonderry area; the Armagh area; and the Dungannon area.

Computers and business records were seized during the operation.

The two men were aged 49 and 47, while the woman was aged 37.

All three have been released on bail.

Assistant director of HMRC's fraud investigation service Steve Tracey 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."

Anyone with information on tax fraud is asked to contact HMRC online or to contact its fraud hotline on 0800 788 887.

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