Police launch fraud investigation at South Shields nursery

Ashfield Nursery in the grounds of South Tyneside District Hospital
Ashfield Nursery in the grounds of South Tyneside District Hospital

TWO women have been arrested after a fraud probe at a South Tyneside nursery

Police launched the investigation after they were called in by managers at Ashfield Nursery and Early Learning Centre.

Ashfield Nursery in the grounds of South Tyneside District Hospital

Ashfield Nursery in the grounds of South Tyneside District Hospital

It followed an internal probe at the facility, in the ground of South Tyneside District Hospital, in Harton Lane, South Shields.

Police say two women, aged 36, and 33, have since been arrested on suspicion of fraud, which was initially reported in October.

A source at the nursery, which has space for 72 youngsters aged from two months to seven, said: “Word has started to spread among parents about the arrests.

“I think staff at the nursery are worried that people might think the arrests involve something to do with the children.

“But that’s not the case at all.

“It is all to do with allegations that money has gone missing.”

Northumbria Police has confirmed that two women have been arrested and have been bailed pending further inquiries.

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “On October 16 2014 police received a report of a theft from Ashfield Nursery in South Shields.

“Two women aged 36 and 33 have been arrested on suspicion of fraud through abuse of position”.

A spokesman for the nursery wished to make no comment on the matter.