As reported by Norwich Union and a number of other insurers.
'Cash for crash' insurance scam hotspots revealed
More than 22,000 fraudulently-staged and induced motor accidents have taken place on UK roads since 1999 and the practice is spreading, it was revealed today.
Insurance fraud, eh ? How does it work ?
Typically in such cases, fraudsters drive to busy road junctions and perform unexpected, unnecessary and dangerous emergency stops designed to cause innocent members of the public to crash into them.
Claims are made to the innocent motorist's insurer, often including several accounts of fictitious injuries from members of the criminal gang.
For each successful scam, the criminals can net up to £30,000 and the IFB said there was growing evidence to show that the proceeds from this type of fraud were used to fund other forms of serious crime, including drugs trafficking and gun running.
Fraudulent insurance claims meanwhile were adding 5% to the premiums paid by the honest public.
Where's this happening then ?
The "cash for crash" number one hotspot was Blackburn, where there have been 1,710 incidents over the last seven years, according to figures from the recently-formed Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB).
The next worst locations were Bradford (1,669 incidents), Birmingham (1,510), Oldham (1,034), Bolton (986) and Manchester (979). The scam was first spotted in North West of England but had now spread to London and the South East, said the IFB.
Blackburn, Bradford, Birmingham, Oldham, Bolton, Manchester. How very strange. I'm sure those places share something in common. Let's take a look at the detailed data (pdf).
After Manchester, the scallies of Liverpool - then Preston, East London, Luton. Still seeing the pattern. Twickenham, Harrow, Leeds, Southall. It's still there.
What have these places all got in common ? Obvious, isn't it. They all elect Labour or Lib Dem MPs !
UPDATE - the commenters at the Manchester Evening News have noticed too.