Police review procedures after £660,000 Water Park fraud

Martin Surl

Martin Surl

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Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Brendan McFadden
Wilts and Glos Standard by , Reporter

FRAUD handling methods have been reviewed by Gloucestershire Police following the release of a report into corruption in the Cotswold Water Park, which found failings in the police.

The report into Operation Juggler, a two-year City of London Police investigation into fraud and corruption in the Cotswold Water Park, acknowledged that a fraud complaint to the force was ‘was not handled as well as it could have been’.

The complaint was made by members of the Cotswold Water Park Society (CWPS) who made four attempts in April 2010 to report suspicions that their chief executive Dennis Grant was committing serious fraud. He was jailed in December 2010 for stealing £660,000 from the charity.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire Police, Martin Surl said that since the report, working practices around complex fraud allegations have been reviewed and changed.

He said: “There is no doubt the initial police response to concerns raised by members of the Cotswold Water Park was confused and unhelpful and I am assured important lessons have been learned on how complaints of this nature are received and handled.

“Although the initial response to the water park allegations in 2010 was poor, let’s not forget the investigation was successful. The former chief executive Dennis Grant was convicted and jailed and an independent review by the City of London Police commended the investigation which, it said, exceeded the required standard to prosecute.”

Mr Surl’s comments were welcomed by Cotswold District Council’s Lib Dem leader Paul Hodgkinson who had already asked him what could be done to restore public confidence in the force.

“The public need reassurance that nothing similar will happen again when concerns are raised with (the police) about potential criminals,” he said.

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6:31am Thu 17 Apr 14

Crispin Mount says...

The Cotswold Water Park scandal was always about more than the Chief Exec of the CWPS putting his hand in the till and getting caught.

It was about systemic corruption in local government in Gloucestershire.

It is telling the Head of Legal Services at Gloucestershire County Council left by 'mutual convenience' once all the muck started being thrown.

I recommend the Tony Gosling 45 minute Radio interview on this subject. It is truly shocking - it is on YouTube under the catchy title "Death & Corruption at the Cotswold Water Park"

The content is dynamite but will never go reported by our dozy local press.
The Cotswold Water Park scandal was always about more than the Chief Exec of the CWPS putting his hand in the till and getting caught. It was about systemic corruption in local government in Gloucestershire. It is telling the Head of Legal Services at Gloucestershire County Council left by 'mutual convenience' once all the muck started being thrown. I recommend the Tony Gosling 45 minute Radio interview on this subject. It is truly shocking - it is on YouTube under the catchy title "Death & Corruption at the Cotswold Water Park" The content is dynamite but will never go reported by our dozy local press. Crispin Mount
  • Score: 4

6:58am Thu 17 Apr 14

Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum says...

its about time that "Death & Corruption at the Cotswold Water Park" should be reviewed by the W&GS.

Also the half hearted review by Glos Police needs discussing ....
http://www.glouceste
rshire.police.uk/foi
/Obtaining%20Informa
tion/item35931.pdf
its about time that "Death & Corruption at the Cotswold Water Park" should be reviewed by the W&GS. Also the half hearted review by Glos Police needs discussing .... http://www.glouceste rshire.police.uk/foi /Obtaining%20Informa tion/item35931.pdf Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum
  • Score: 2

11:14am Thu 17 Apr 14

TrollhunterX says...

Marton Surl is only concerned about adverse publicity for himself, not doing what is right.

When the bolshy police officer verbally abused and threatened the fellow with the camera, Surl was all over it, but when I was assaulted by a policeman outside a public meeting, he didn't give a ****. It didn't make the papers.

Surl also hasn't kept all, if any, of his election pledges, which makes him no more than a politician.
Marton Surl is only concerned about adverse publicity for himself, not doing what is right. When the bolshy police officer verbally abused and threatened the fellow with the camera, Surl was all over it, but when I was assaulted by a policeman outside a public meeting, he didn't give a ****. It didn't make the papers. Surl also hasn't kept all, if any, of his election pledges, which makes him no more than a politician. TrollhunterX
  • Score: -2

2:40pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Olly Cromwell says...

Who was 'sponsoring' Dennis Grant ?
Who was 'sponsoring' Dennis Grant ? Olly Cromwell
  • Score: 3

10:23am Fri 18 Apr 14

TrollhunterX says...

Really? Did I use the c__p word, crap, or the d__n word, ****? Seem to recall it being the latter...
Really? Did I use the c__p word, crap, or the d__n word, ****? Seem to recall it being the latter... TrollhunterX
  • Score: -1

2:01pm Fri 18 Apr 14

dopey1 says...

"Who was sponsoring Dennis Grant?" Olly you have such a poor memory; it was a local developer.

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As well as the Head of Law at GCC departing after the Water Park land disposal furore, Crispen, the Head of Corporate Property Services at GCC, you remember, the person who told the Council lawyers to get on with the transfer of land, was also made redundant. The latter is now at Cardiff City Council as Strategic Estates Manager.

Last year, Cardiff Council’s odd method of land disposal, attracted the attention of The Welsh Audit Office and The Serious Fraud Squad.

http://www.walesonli
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"Who was sponsoring Dennis Grant?" Olly you have such a poor memory; it was a local developer. https://docs.google. com/viewer?a=v&pid=s ites&srcid=Y290c3dvb GRsYWtlcy5vcmcudWt8d mlsbGFnZXN8Z3g6MzY5Y zNjZWJiZjIwYmQxNg As well as the Head of Law at GCC departing after the Water Park land disposal furore, Crispen, the Head of Corporate Property Services at GCC, you remember, the person who told the Council lawyers to get on with the transfer of land, was also made redundant. The latter is now at Cardiff City Council as Strategic Estates Manager. Last year, Cardiff Council’s odd method of land disposal, attracted the attention of The Welsh Audit Office and The Serious Fraud Squad. http://www.walesonli ne.co.uk/news/wales- news/plans-submitted -1200-homes-land-617 0092 dopey1
  • Score: 2

10:45pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Alan Dickinson says...

The City of London Police had to investigate the fraud because of a total failure by Gloucestershire Constabularly to carry out the investigation as it should have done. Who was sacked over the failure ? nobody who was disciplined over the failure nobody ! The Constabularly serves the public not itself . Its response to the allegations made was not half hearted, it was an abject disgrace and act of negligence. Coming out with the usual " Lessons have been learned" rubbish is no good ? Get your finger out Surl and sort it thats what we voted you in for . If you cant then resign and we will get. someone who can, you are accountable to us the Public and not the Chief Constable remember ?????
The City of London Police had to investigate the fraud because of a total failure by Gloucestershire Constabularly to carry out the investigation as it should have done. Who was sacked over the failure ? nobody who was disciplined over the failure nobody ! The Constabularly serves the public not itself . Its response to the allegations made was not half hearted, it was an abject disgrace and act of negligence. Coming out with the usual " Lessons have been learned" rubbish is no good ? Get your finger out Surl and sort it thats what we voted you in for . If you cant then resign and we will get. someone who can, you are accountable to us the Public and not the Chief Constable remember ????? Alan Dickinson
  • Score: 2

10:51pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Alan Dickinson says...

A small reminder of the. purpose of Mr Surl and his duties!

Under the terms of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, PCCs must:

secure an efficient and effective police for their area;
appoint the Chief Constable, hold them to account for running the force, and if necessary dismiss them;
set the police and crime objectives for their area through a police and crime plan;
set the force budget and determine the precept;
contribute to the national and international policing capabilities set out by the Home Secretary; and
bring together community safety and criminal justice partners, to
make sure local priorities are joined up.
A small reminder of the. purpose of Mr Surl and his duties! Under the terms of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, PCCs must: secure an efficient and effective police for their area; appoint the Chief Constable, hold them to account for running the force, and if necessary dismiss them; set the police and crime objectives for their area through a police and crime plan; set the force budget and determine the precept; contribute to the national and international policing capabilities set out by the Home Secretary; and bring together community safety and criminal justice partners, to make sure local priorities are joined up. Alan Dickinson
  • Score: 2

7:17am Sat 19 Apr 14

Crispin Mount says...

The Tory Leader of CDC who did personal business with Dennis Grant and Watermark is still in office.

The two Cabinet Members employed by the Leader's business and responsible for the Environment (Lakes) and Planning (holiday home applications) are still in office. The boss of Watermark is godfather to one of the Councillor's children.

There is still no explanation as to why Inspector Burnside took a rail trip to York to lean on the Local Government Ombudsman to shut down an investigation into letting Keynes Country Park go for £1; cheating the public purse.

It smacks of land fraud on the scale of Poulson in the 1970's with the authorities being 'wilfully blind'.
The Tory Leader of CDC who did personal business with Dennis Grant and Watermark is still in office. The two Cabinet Members employed by the Leader's business and responsible for the Environment (Lakes) and Planning (holiday home applications) are still in office. The boss of Watermark is godfather to one of the Councillor's children. There is still no explanation as to why Inspector Burnside took a rail trip to York to lean on the Local Government Ombudsman to shut down an investigation into letting Keynes Country Park go for £1; cheating the public purse. It smacks of land fraud on the scale of Poulson in the 1970's with the authorities being 'wilfully blind'. Crispin Mount
  • Score: 4

9:32am Sat 19 Apr 14

dopey1 says...

They think that it's all over................
........
They think that it's all over................ ........ dopey1
  • Score: 2

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