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Judge stops 2m NHS fraud trial

Chief executive Andrew Breeze and former finance director Dominic Wilson were on trial

The fraud trial of two former bosses at a private sector psychiatric unit in Norfolk has been stopped.

Cawston Park Hospital's former chief executive Andrew Breeze and former finance director Dominic Wilson were on trial at Ipswich Crown Court.

The pair were accused of defrauding the NHS of £2m.

But on Tuesday, at the direction of the judge, both men were found not guilty when the prosecution said it would offer no further evidence.

'Review needed'

Outside court, Mr Breeze said: "I would say there has been a big blunder.

"I would say there's been a catalogue of errors and that it needs looking into.

"Norfolk Constabulary's major investigation team needs a root and branches review by the chief constable.

"I've already written to him asking for that."

On Tuesday night Norfolk police said the investigation had been detailed and meticulous, and that the allegations of fraud were very serious and involved large amounts of public money.



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