Copland three bailed over fraud charges

Police are believed to be questioning former headmaster, deputy head and his wife

THREE people arrested in connection with financial irregularities at a secondary school have been bailed by police until September.

Detectives are investigating alleged illegal payments made to senior staff at Copland Community School, in Cecil Avenue, Wembley, and are believed to be questioning former head Sir Alan Davies.

Dr Richard Evans, 53, the school’s ex-deputy head, and his 50-year-old wife Lesley Evans, who also worked at Copland, are also believed to have been arrested this morning.

Sir Alan, Dr Evans, Columbus Odokoro, school bursar, and Michelle Bishop, the school’s human resources manager, were all suspended from their posts following the allegations.

Sir Alan, who was knighted in 2000 for services to education, resigned from his post, as did Mr Odokoro and Ms Bishop.

Dr Evans, who received an MBE for services to education in 2003, was subsequently sacked by a disciplinary panel, made up of three members of an Interim Executive Board.