DOZENS of elderly woman have been arrested after a flurry of bets on the same contestant in The Great British Bake-Off.
Amid claims the name of the winner had been leaked, police raided addresses across the country, recovering hundreds of betting slips and confiscating computers that have probably never been used.
Detective Inspector Martin Bishop said: “This has the hallmarks of a highly organised effort by the sort of vicious, scheming old women with whom all of us are extremely familiar.”
Bookmakers have now stopped taking bets on the programme after being reminded that it was actually filmed months ago and has already been won.
Meanwhile Eleanor Shaw, vice-chair of the Women’s Institute, dismissed the allegations, adding: “The idea that a group of retired ladies would be involved in a betting scam is preposterous. Particularly as the big, Hong Kong-based syndicates will come down on you like a ton of shit.
“We watch the Bake-Off for our love of cake and sexual innuendo.”