Three jockeys held in race fixing probe

Jockey Kieren Fallon is among 16 people arrested today in a police probe into corruption within horse racing and fixing the outcome of horse races.

More than 130 police officers raided 19 addresses across Suffolk, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and Hertfordshire, and arrested a number of people for alleged conspiracy to defraud.

The investigation centres on suspicions of corruption within horse racing and fixing the outcome of horse races.

It is understood the allegations involve more

than 80 races over the last two years.

Trainer Karl Burke and jockeys Darren Williams and Fergal Lynch were also understood to have been arrested.

Of the 16 arrests, eight were made in South Yorkshire, three in North Yorkshire, three in Suffolk and two in Hertfordshire, a police spokesman confirmed.

Jockeys' Association chief executive John Blake said today that his organisation will offer full support to the three jockeys.

Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Wilmott, of City of London Police, who are heading the probe, said: "We have amassed a large amount of information, including computer records and documentation seized today, and will now commence the detailed task of examining it all."

City of London Police Assistant Commissioner Mike Bowron said: "We are very pleased to have taken the lead role in this operation, which spans the whole of the country. This case is of great national significance, not just to the racing community, but to the wider public throughout the UK."

Those arrested were still in custody and the investigation was continuing, police added.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: "South Yorkshire Police are assisting the City of London Police in a joint operation. A number of arrests have been made across South Yorkshire this morning.

"These persons are being detained for questioning at police stations across the county."

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