Two people arrested in connection with fraud at funeral home

A man and a woman have been arrested in connection with a fraud investigation in Ashton-under-Lyne.

In February 2019, a joint investigation by GMP and Trading Standards was launched following reports of fraud at a funeral home in Ashton-under-Lyne.

As part of the investigation, warrants were executed at four addresses earlier today (Monday 25 February 2019) and a 45-year-old man and a woman, aged 48, were arrested on suspicion of fraud, theft and preventing a lawful burial.

They remain in custody for questioning.

Detective Superintendent Debbie Dooley, of GMP’s Tameside District, said: “We are taking these reports very seriously, especially given the nature of the business and the potential sensitivities surrounding it.

“I appreciate this may cause some alarm in the community, but I would like to reassure people that we have launched a full investigation and we have a team of detectives dedicated to this case who are working alongside our partners in Trading Standards at Tameside Council.

“If you have any information, or if you need to speak to one of our team in relation to this investigation, then please get in touch with us on 0161 856 9286.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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