April 24, 2013 17:57

Two arrested following police swoop on home of 'X Factor' star

Parents of Ella Henderson arrested on suspicion of money laundering

Two arrested following police swoop on home of 'X Factor' star

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The parents of The X Factor contestant Ella Henderson have been arrested on suspicion of money laundering.

Sean and Michelle Henderson were arrested following a dawn swoop at their home on Monday morning (April 22). Two houses were raided by police, including the home of Henderson's parents and another property on the same street in the Grimsby area. Ella Henderson was in London at the time of the raid where she is working on her debut album.

Speaking to The Mirror, a source said: "There were police everywhere with cars and flashing blue lights. It was obviously a big raid. They had springer spaniel sniffer dogs out around the house as well."

Meanwhile, a police statement issued later in the day confirmed the arrests: "Officers from Humberside have this morning executed warrants at two addresses in Tetney. A 49-year-old woman was arrested at one of the addresses and has been taken to Grimsby police station to be questioned in connection with alleged money laundering offences. Inquiries are ongoing at the two addresses. As part of the same inquiry, a 47-year-old man has been arrested by officers by the Metropolitan Police. He has now also been taken to Grimsby police station where he will be questioned by detectives from Humberside."

Ella Henderson was eliminated in week seven of The X Factor in 2012 when judges were left to choose between her and eventual winner James Arthur. The teenage singer was signed by Simon Cowell's label Syco following the end of the series.


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