Northern Ireland

Three charged after UK-wide organised crime police operation

Two men, aged 39 and 54, and a woman, aged 48, have been charged in connection with money laundering and blackmail.

They were arrested in County Fermanagh following searches in Northern Ireland, Sussex and Lancashire.

A woman, aged 31, who was also arrested, has been released on bail. A fifth person who was arrested in Sussex was subsequently released.

The men are due to appear in court on Wednesday.

The investigation involved detectives in the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), the South Eastern Regional Organised Crime Unit, Sussex Police and Lancashire Police.

Det Insp Andy Hamlin, from the PSNI's Organised Crime branch, said: "This proactive operation against organised criminality was made possible because of the cooperation of multiple law enforcement agencies throughout the United Kingdom."