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£250,000 'MISSING' FROM FOUR MIDLANDS PARISH COUNCILS

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Fraud squad detectives are investigating an alleged£250,000 loss from four parish councils and a village school in...
Fraud squad detectives are investigating an alleged£250,000 loss from four parish councils and a village school in the west Midlands, reported The Birmingham Post (12 February, p1).

West Mercia Police said it was looking into alleged financial irregularities at parish councils at Offenham, Wickhamford, Honeybourne and South Littleton, near Evesham, Worcestershire.

Up to£250,000 has disappeared from the accounts and the councils have been plunged into a cash crisis which could leave them in debt for several years.

A Worcestershire CC spokesman confirmed education officers had also launched an investigation into missing funds at the schools and would be liaising closely with the police.

Wychavon DC has now made a£50,000 loan available to each of the councils and three have announced that their precepts will have to increase.
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