SEVENTEEN people from across Chester, Ellesmere Port, Wrexham, Flintshire and Merseyside have been charged in a ‘cash for crash’ sting operation.
Following a 20-month investigation by Cheshire Police, 15 men and two women have been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud in relation to staged bus crashes.
The crashes took place in and around Chester between 2010 and 2012 and involved more than 215 people claiming personal injury whiplash on seven different linked bus collisions.
The men and women were bailed to appear at Manchester Magistrates Court on December 19 and 20.
Those charged are: Charlotte Watts, 27, of Ffordd Almer, Wrexham; Jamie Stokes, 20, of Gosmore Road, Mold; Rachel Cooper, 31, of Oxton Green Great Sutton, Ellesmere Port; Daniel Shaw, 26, of Milton Road, Blacon, Chester; Dean Brown, 41, of Kings Crescent West, Boughton, Chester; Mark Taylor, 47, of Vyner Park, Prenton, Wirral; Luke McQuillan, 39, of Dyserth Road, Blacon; Mike Gentile, 44, of Hawthorn Road, Lache, Chester; Howard Taylor, 34, of Gladstone Road, Seaforth, Merseyside; David Clancy, 35, of Normanby Drive. Connah’s Quay; Sean Kettyle, 42, of Westminster Road, Ellesmere Port; Christopher Bethell, 28, of Crosthwaite Avenue, Eastham, Wirral; Barry Cooper, 34, of Hall Lane, Connah’s Quay; Richard Flynn, 47, of Church Street, Connah’s Quay; John Smith, 40, of Grasmere Close, Connah’s Quay; Jason Power, 30, of Pulford Road, Blacon and Andrew Shaw, 56, of Ashton Drive, Frodsham.