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Four arrests after rail contract fraud investigation

British Transport Police (BTP) has made four arrests as part of an investigation into an alleged contract fraud involving Network Rail, it confirmed to NCE this week.

“We can confirm that BTP is investigating an alleged contracts fraud involving Network Rail,” it said in a statement.

“In connection with this inquiry, three people were arrested on 28 February 2013 and a fourth on 6 March. All four have been released on police bail for three months pending further enquiries.”

The alleged fraud is thought to relate to work on the Thameslink Farringdon station project and NCE understands that at least one of the arrests was of a senior figure at contractor Alandale, which is understood to have worked as contingent labour supplier on the project.

A Network Rail spokesman told NCE that it had no official involvement in the investigation at present and added: “We will be reviewing our relationship with Alandale in light of these allegations.”

NCE contacted Alandale but no one was available for comment at the time of going to press.

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