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Four arrests made in rail contracts probe

British Transport Police (BTP) has made four arrests in relation to an investigation into an alleged contract fraud involving Network Rail, it confirmed to NCE today.

In a statement it said: “We can confirm that BTP is investigating an alleged contracts fraud involving Network Rail. In connection with this inquiry, three people were arrested on 28 Feb 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 immediately available for comment.

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