Dancers victims of Olympics scam

DANCE schools have been named as victims in a potential scam involving a company fraudulently offering youngsters the chance to dance at the Olympic Games.

Detectives arrested a 35-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman yesterday in Northampton and East London under Operation Podium.

The investigation is into what appears to be a fraudulent offer to dance schools in Northamptonshire for their pupils to dance in the closing ceremony of the Games.

Officers are also investigating approaches to a number of companies across the UK to provide sponsorship.

The company police believe to be at the heart of the fraud is called RWB Project, Midlands. The dance schools affected include the Dance Factory in Kettering and the Kilburn School of Dance in Wellingborough.

Det Supt Nick Downing said: “It is vitally important at this early stage of the investigation that we alert those parents and children potentially affected and share with them what we know at this time.

“For many of those affected this will be incredibly disappointing news and will cause concern and sadness.

“Our investigation to date has shown that three dance schools have signed up to what they believed to be participating in the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games. Up to 75 children aged nine to 19 have been rehearsing and planning for this day.

“What we will do is carry out a thorough investigation that establishes exactly what has taken place and provide whatever answers we can to those affected. I would ask anyone who thinks they may have been affected by this to get in contact with us.”

The investigation was started after a referral was made to the police by the Olympic organisers, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.