The home of the boss of a south Essex taxi firm was raided as part of an investigation into illegal money lending. John Watson, 51, is the managing director of Andrews Taxis, based in London Road, Benfleet.
Police attended his home in Hall Road, Hawkwell, along with Trading Standards to assist members of the Illegal Money Lending Team as part of a probe into allegations of lending money without a licence. Mr Watson denies any wrongdoing.
The Illegal Money Lending Team work in partnership with Trading Standards and Essex Police to combat illegal loan sharks.
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