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Eight people arrested yesterday (2 April) for money laundering and other offences, in an operation codenamed Octopod, have been bailed to return to central London police station later this year.
Seven of those arrested are believed to be linked to one of the UK's longest established and most high profile organised crime gangs. An eighth person [W] was arrested on an unrelated matter.
The group, which includes a trained accountant turned property developer and a solicitor, are believed to have laundered large sums of money through an investment scheme. Some also have known links to violence and other serious crime, spanning many years.
The following have been bailed to return on a date in late August:
[P] a 48-year-old man from Finchley, arrested for money laundering and cheating the public revenue;
[Q] a 47-year-old woman believed from Finchley arrested for money laundering;
[R] a 63-year-old man from Hendon, arrested for money laundering;
[T] a 32-year-old man believed from Limehouse, arrested for money laundering and theft;
[V] a 70-year-old woman from Shoreditch, arrested for money laundering;
[W] a 32-year-old man from Limehouse, was arrested for an unrelated theft
The following were bailed to return on a date in early June:
[S] a 31-year-old woman from Dartford, for money laundering;
[U] a 52-year-old man from Dorking, for money laundering.