Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Swansea University: Police search addresses in bribery probe

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Police have searched a number of addresses as part of an investigation into alleged bribery involving a Welsh university.

Officers from Tarian, the regional organised crime unit for south Wales, executed eight searches in Swansea, Carmarthenshire and Kent.

The search warrants were executed after Swansea University complained to the Serious Fraud Office in late 2018.

Swansea University said it continued to co-operate with police.

No arrests have been made but police seized a number of items, including documents and electronic equipment, South Wales Police said.

Four of the premises searched were in the South Wales Police force area, three were in Dyfed-Powys and one was in Kent, the force added.

Officers from South Wales, Dyfed-Powys and Kent Police forces were involved in the searches.

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“The investigation is complex and remains ongoing,” police added.

In an email to staff on Wednesday morning, Andrew Rhodes, the university’s chief operating officer, sought to reassure employees the searches were “expected” and “not as a result of recent or new developments”.

He added: “I can completely understand this is a significant development today, but it is genuinely not something I feel you need to be unduly worried about.”

In a separate statement, the university said: “We continue to co-operate with the authorities in relation to this matter.”

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