The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) seized £19.6m in assets from criminals last year that may allay fears of political interference, its annual report has revealed.

An eventful year for the SFO saw asset recovery increase by 43 per cent on the £13.7m haul seen in 2014/15, while its first deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) was secured and a penalty of £16.8m imposed.

The agency remains in a state of flux, however, after the

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