No arrests made over Dale’s fund

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A POLICE investigation into fraud allegations relating to the Dale Roberts Memorial Fund has finished without any arrests and the case has been passed to the Government.

Northamptonshire Police confirmed yesterday it had not made any arrests and it was passing the case to government trade and industry experts.

The fund was set up by Diamonds fans, before the former Rushden & Diamonds club folded, to raise money for the family of goalkeeper Dale Roberts who died at the age of 24 in December 2010. But in June 2011 an allegation of fraud was made to the police in relation to the fund.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire police said: “Northamptonshire Police’s Economic and Financial Crime Team have been investigating allegations of irregularities in respect of a memorial fund for the late Dale Roberts which had been managed by the former Rushden & Diamonds Football Club.

“We are today passing on the case file to the Government which will now be taking this investigation forward.

“No arrests have been made as part of our investigation, which has been closed pending any further contact from the Government as a result of the enquiries they will now be carrying out.”

In the latest adminstrator’s progress report on the former Rushden & Diamonds FC Ltd, which has been seen by the Evening Telegraph, administrators Carter Clark said: “I have continued my investigations as to whether any of the money received from the company’s bankers related to the Dale Roberts Memorial Fund.

“From my investigations it is clear that none of the funds received by me can be identified as trust funds.

“Therefore they are an asset within the administration.”

When the fraud allegations were first made the then Rushden & Diamonds chief executive Steve Beasant branded them “vile”.

He said: “I find it totally vile what is being said.

“The £6,000 funeral costs were paid in full.

“We had a problem with cloning and around £2,000 was taken from the account, which Barclays replaced.

“All our accounts have been frozen. All of the money which has been put in that account has been fully accounted for.”