Monday, 20 September 2021
Up-to-the-minute perspectives on defence, security and peace
issues from and for policy makers and opinion leaders.

     |      View our Twitter page at     |     


By Nigel Green

Detectives have raided shipyard offices across the UK as part of an investigation into allegations of fraud.

Officers from the Ministry of Defence searched Tyne Slipway and Engineering Co Ltd, in South Shields, seizing computers and documents during an operation on the site which lasted all day. They also searched the company's Wear Dock offices in Sunderland and its premises in Gosport, Hampshire.

Details of the investigation have not yet been revealed but they are believed to relate to a contract involving the company, which repairs small naval patrol craft.

The Ministry of Defence confirmed the investigation was connected to the arrest of a 34-year-old former MoD employee on suspicion of fraud and theft in August last year. In December, officers arrested a 40-year-old civilian contractor on suspicion of fraud by false representation. Both men were interviewed at Bridgend police station in South Wales and released on bail.

An MoD Police spokesman confirmed officers executed search warrants at three commercial addresses in South Shields, Sunderland and Gosport, on Thursday, September 16.

He added: "The searches were carried out as part of an ongoing MDP fraud enquiry into an alleged conspiracy to defraud the MOD. "Two people have previously been arrested in connection with this investigation.

"Neither of these arrested men have a direct employment link to the locations searched on Thursday 16 September 2010. As investigations are continuing it would be inappropriate to comment in further detail at this time. The alleged fraud is still under active investigation and we are not able to attach a monetary value to it at this time."

The Managing Director of Tyne Slipway Harry Wilson has so far declined to comment on the searches.

The Ministry of Defence Police is a national civilian police force of about 3,500 officers who have the same powers as any local police force.
Their role is to deal with any crime or disorder affecting MoD property, personnel, land and installations in the UK.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the Defence Viewpoints website. However, if you would like to, you can modify your browser so that it notifies you when cookies are sent to it or you can refuse cookies altogether. You can also delete cookies that have already been set. You may wish to visit which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers. Please note that you will lose some features and functionality on this website if you choose to disable cookies. For example, you may not be able to link into our Twitter feed, which gives up to the minute perspectives on defence and security matters.