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Police and lawyers are turning the tide against firms driving fake holiday sickness claims with a flurry of investigations and private prosecutions.

Merseyside Police has opened investigations into two claims management companies (CMCs).

It is monitoring three cases lodged against tour operators by each of the firms suspected of encouraging bogus claims from holidaymakers, with a view to prosecuting them for fraud.

It comes as Manchester‑based law firm Horwich Farrelly launched private prosecutions against “a number of” holidaymakers after successfully defending more than 2,000 claims on behalf of tour operators.