Three arrested over alleged fraud at academy school

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Three people have been arrested by detectives investigating an alleged fraud at an academy school.

Police arrested the three at 7am this morning after concerns were raised about alleged financial irregularities at Glendene Arts Academy in Easington.

Officers attended at an address in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside where they arrested a 57-year-old man and his wife, aged 56 and a house in Darlington where a man aged 41 was arrested.

A warrant was also obtained to search a property in the Kenton area of Newcastle; no-one was arrested from that address this morning but enquiries are in hand to carry out a further arrest in connection with the investigation.

The three people detained are in custody at Peterlee police station and will be interviewed later today. They were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit fraud.

Officers from Durham Constabulary’s economic crime team have been carrying out enquiries following a report published last November by the Education Funding Agency – an executive agency of the Department for Education – into the financial management of the academy.

Glendene Arts Academy caters for pupils aged 2-19 years who all have a Statement of Educational Need (SEN).

The range of SEN includes mild, severe and profound learning difficulties, autism, and sensory difficulties such as hearing or visual impairment.