'Cash for crash' suspects appear in court

Shazad Ali, 40, from Alvaston
Image caption Shazad Ali, from Alvaston in Derby, is charged with two offences

Sixteen people have appeared in court accused of fraud in relation to an alleged insurance scam involving staged car crashes.

A total of 10 men and seven women have been charged over what police described as a "cash for crash" scam, but one defendant did not appear in court due to health reasons.

The charges follow a three-year investigation by Derbyshire Police.

All of the defendants are charged with conspiracy to defraud.

Trial date

One of them, 40-year-old Shazad Ali from Alvaston in Derby, is also charged with an offence under the Compensation Act 2006, regarding an allegation that he provided regulated claims management services while not being authorised to do so.

It is alleged that the defendants were involved in eight deliberately staged car crashes in and around Derby.

They were released on unconditional bail after appearing at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court.

The case was sent to Derby Crown Court for trial, which is due to start on 26 April.

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