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Police shortages hamper UK's fraud battle

In an exclusive interview with Accountancy Age, Ros Wright, head of ICAEW's fraud advisory panel and former head of the Serious Fraud Office, has warned of staff shortages within the nation's fraud squads.

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Wright complained that the diminishing numbers of police officers in dedicated fraud units was an ‘acute’ problem outside the capital.

‘There are very few police squads now dedicated to fraud outside of London, and the ones that exist have decreased so much in size that they are practically non-viable,’ she said.

Wright said she finds the problem very frustrating, as the SFO needs trained police for the investigation of companies, raids and seizures.

The full interview with Ros Wright will appear online later today.

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