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Cars double in value as clocks turned back 

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Police have made 27 arrests on the mainland for a con which involved turning back the clocks of cars and doubling their value.

In some cases, the speedometers “lost” between 80,000 and 120,000 kilo-metres, with experts being paid up to 900 euros for doing the fraudulent work. Three of those arrested were profes-sionals in this field.

Agents with the National Police detected at least 48 cars which had been tampered with at workshops before being resold, sometimes to family members who went on to make a profit when the cars were sold on to private unsuspecting customers.

The investigation began when a complaint was made to police in Ponferrada from a man who purchased a car in Toledo and suspected that the clock had been altered. It turned out that the real mileage was 207,000 kilometres but it had been lowered to 87,000.

More dealers were involved in other cases, including in Madrid, Toledo, Ciudad Real, Jaén and Alicante.

Raids were carried out at various workshops and a van detected with various equipment inside which had been used to tamper with the vehicles.