No more action on water park scandal
10:30am Thursday 10th October 2013 in Latest News
AN INDEPENDENT review of two investigations into allegations of fraud and corruption at the Cotswold Water Park Society has advised there should be no further action.
Former chief executive Dennis Grant was jailed for four years and four months in 2011 after he stole almost £700,000 from funds and spent it on the high life.
The former chairman of the Swindon Chamber of Commerce’s fraud went undetected for two and a half years and he was said to have bought a £300,000 home in Northern Cyprus and a £62,000 Aston Martin Vantage, as well as a Jeep 4X4 with the money.
Shortly after Grant, then 63, of Upper Tadmarton, near Banbury, was jailed, the charity was given the legal right over his assets to the sum of £998,000.
Now a City of London Police review of the case has concluded and the Crown Prosecution Service has said no further action should be taken and there was ‘no compelling evidence’ against other CWPS officials, following two investigations by Gloucestershire Police and the London force.
Gloucestershire Constabu-lary’s Assistant Chief Constable, Richard Berry, said: “This complex and lengthy inquiry has finally come to an end and the outcome of our initial investigation has been confirmed.
“We take allegations made to us very seriously.
“In this case, we investigated the initial claims.
“To gain an impartial perspective on our investigation, we asked the City of London Police, who are very experienced in fraud and corruption enquiries, to review it.
“That City of London Police inquiry was passed to the CPS for review. The CPS confirmed that the inquiry had not omitted any significant areas and that there are no further lines of enquiry to take. We consider that the matter is now at a close.”
Coun Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: “I welcome this report, which firmly draws a line under the Cotswold Water Park scandal.
“This backs up the findings of the independent Garbutt report which the County Council commissioned.
“I particularly welcome the very senior and experienced team which City of London Police allocated and the evident care with which they have examined the issue.
“This issue has been given the serious consideration it deserved, and I welcome the clear conclusion that there are no other lines of enquiry to pursue.”
The Cotswold Water Park, which is made up of 150 lakes about 10 miles north of Swindon, is now run by the charitable Cotswold Water Park Trust, which took over in March 2011.