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Unite HQ raided by S Wales police as part of series of searches

Other addresses in England and Wales also searched as part of criminal investigation

The London HQ of the Unite union has been raided by South Wales Police as part of what the force says is a criminal investigation into at least one employee of the union. Other addresses were apparently searched in south Wales, London, Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales, Dyfed Powys and Northamptonshire.

The raids appear to be tax-related – although details have not been given, a South Wales Police statement said that HMRC was involved:

The joint investigation with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs is continuing and a number of suspects will be interviewed in due course.

Similar raids were made on Merseyside in late 2020, including the arrest of Liverpool’s then-city mayor Joe Anderson. To date, no charges were ever laid against anyone in relation to the raids, however, and bail conditions imposed on Anderson were subsequently dropped. Former Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer opted to side with the government in the actions it has taken against the city since and used the opportunity to impose new Labour structures on Liverpool and pick a preferred mayoral candidate.

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