£30,000 Burglary arrest of Northumbria Police Chief (Greg Vant) singer son (Matthew Vant) 'hushed up' .... Northumbria Police & IOPC / IPCC Conceal / cover-up report from public...

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Martin McGartland

17 October 2018

Dear Northumbria Police,

Burglary arrest of Northumbria Police Chief singer son 'hushed up' ....

Police are accused of hushing-up arrest of senior officer's singer son for £30,000 break-in

Son of a senior Northumbria Police officer was arrested on suspicion of burglary

Damage of around £30,000 was caused to a shop in Sunderland after a flat party

But details of Matthew Vant's arrest were wiped from internal police computer

An IPCC probe found assistant chief constable Greg Vant had no case to answer

But whistleblower said it's 'one rule for the public and one for friends of police'


PUBLISHED: 18:15 GMT, 21 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:44 GMT, 22 January 2018

A police force has been accused of covering up the arrest of a senior officer's son after he was held on suspicion of a break-in but details of the incident were wiped from the database.

Matthew Vant was quizzed on suspicion of burglary and criminal damage following a flat party when he was a 19-year-old student in Sunderland.

It was alleged a shop below the flat, Cartridge World, was trashed and detectives discovered ink scrawled all over the walls and several computers were missing.

A vintage record collection was also missing, according to The Sunday Times.

Northumbria Police detectives probing the November 2009 incident estimated the damage to be £30,000.

Punk rocker Vant is lead singer of a band called Vant and has performed at Glastonbury and on Radio 1.

His father, Greg, is a former assistant chief constable of Northumbria Police.

Following the arrest, the force allowed the matter to be resolved through the community resolution scheme and Greg Vant paid the shop owner £1,000.

The settlements do not result in a criminal record.

Details of the incident were deleted from the internal police database in what is alleged to have been an attempt to prevent leaks to the media.

It is said details of the arrest were printed off and secretly kept in Northumbria Police's safe.

A source told the Sunday Times: 'It seems it is one rule for the public and another for friends of Northumbria police.'

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) received a complaint about the incident in 2016 and following a review found Greg Vant had no case to answer.

He denies any wrongdoing and said the decision to delete the details of the incident was taken by a colleague.

Northumbria Police said the police watchdog had found no evidence of misconduct. I Bet, ONLY BECAUSE THE
IOPC/IPCC IS AS CORRUPT AS Northumbria Police. Worth noting that the IOPC/IPCC are covering up their *WHITEWASH) Report into the matter...

UNDER the FREEDOM of INFORMATION Act I would like a copy of the 'Investigation' Report into the above matter / case.

Yours faithfully,

Martin McGartland