A MERCEDES-Benz dealership in Scotland has been involved in market rigging, leading to its owner being fined more than £650,000 by the Office of Fair Trading.

The Ciceley dealership, which has a branch in Dumfries, was found to have breached competition laws through price fixing and the exchange of commercially sensitive information with its competitors.

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The case, which centres on the distribution of Mercedes-Benz trucks and vans in the north of England and parts of Wales and Scotland, also resulted in a fine of £1.5 million for the Daimler-owned company.

Ciceley was fined a total of £659,675, while vehicle dealers Enza Motors of Warrington, Stoke, Trafford Park and Manchester, and North Wales-based Road Range were fined £347,000 and £115,000 respectively.