Colchester boxer Lee Purdy charged with money laundering

Lee Purdy
Image caption Lee Purdy, 26, is a former British welterweight champion

Professional boxer Lee Purdy is among six people charged in connection with frauds against elderly and vulnerable people in Essex.

Mr Purdy, 26, a former British welterweight champion, of Greenstead Road, Colchester, and five others have been charged with money laundering.

All have been bailed to appear before Colchester magistrates on 10 September.

They were arrested after police executed search warrants in Epping, Colchester and Clacton on Tuesday.

Also charged are Barry Lilley, 63, unemployed, of Frinton Road, Kirby Cross; Lee Symes, 33 a builder, of Church Road, Elmstead, Susan Lilley, 57, an electricity board worker, of Ipswich Road, Holland-on-Sea, Vanessa Clement, 54, a cleaner, of Bromley Road, Ardleigh, and Derek Johnstone, 69, a retiree from Ipswich Road, Holland-on-Sea.

The arrests were made by detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, following a seven-month investigation alongside Essex County Council trading standards and adult social care.

Seven other people have already been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation between 2009 and 2013.

Police said nearly 40 people, aged 65 to 99, were thought to have been victims of fraud totalling more than £1m.