Ninth man arrested in Syria charity fraud inquiry

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A ninth man has been arrested as part of an investigation into the allegedly fraudulent use of funds from four UK-based Syrian aid charities.

Police said a 37-year-old from Derby was arrested on Wednesday and taken to a Kent police station for questioning.

Eight men were held on Tuesday after raids in Derby; Harlow in Essex; east and south-east London and Dewsbury and Huddersfield in West Yorkshire.

More than £45,000 in cash was seized at the Port of Dover in December 2012.

All nine men have been bailed until September.

All the arrests are part of an ongoing investigation to "ensure money intended to help people in need in Syria was not used for criminal activity or for terrorism", according to Kent Police.

The force has advised the public to use the online register of charities on the Charity Commission website before donating money.

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