Derbyshire man arrested in ex-naval vessels bribery probe

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Two men – one from Derbyshire – have been arrested on suspicion of bribing a foreign public official to assist them in buying six ex-naval vessels.

The City of London Police’s Overseas Anti-Corruption Unit (OACU) today arrested a man in his early-40s at his home in Alfreton and a man in his late 50s at his home in East Molesey, Surrey, in a joint investigation with the Norwegian authorities.

The two men are alleged to be involved in a business with offices around the world which specialises in international risk management for the maritime industry.

They are alleged to have paid a Norwegian public official two direct payments totalling almost £100,000 to help secure the sale of six decommissioned ex-naval vessels.

A third man was also arrested by the Norwegian authorities in Tønsberg, Norway, this morning.

The homes in Alfreton and East Molesey, along with a business address in Surrey, were searched and computer equipment and documentation were seized. The two men were taken to police stations for questioning and the investigation is ongoing.

DCI Danny Medlycott, head of OACU, said: “Today’s operation is a great example of how OACU works closely with our law enforcement partners across the world to combat allegations of bribery and corruption.”