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No evidence of criminal offending found in Tarian investigation in respect of Llanelli Wellbeing and Life Sciences Village

A DETAILED and complex investigation into allegations of offences under the Bribery Act and abuse of position following a complaint by Swansea University in respect of the Llanelli Wellbeing and Life Sciences Village has concluded.  It found no evidence of criminal offending.

The investigation, which began in November 2018, was led by Tarian, the Regional Organised Crime Unit for southern Wales and also involved officers from South Wales and Dyfed Powys Police.

The investigation found the correct procurement guidelines were followed and overseen by specialist law firms.  Independent procurement specialists supported the enquiry and provided expert advice which confirmed this position.

A number of people were interviewed by officers and there was extensive examination of a significant number of seized documents and electronic equipment.

A file of evidence had been provided to the Crown Prosecution Service which has determined that it is not in the public interest to proceed.

Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Corcoran, Head of Protective Services Wales, said: “Once the complaint was referred to Tarian it was right and proper that a comprehensive investigation into the allegations was carried out.”

“The results of the investigation were then submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service for its consideration.  The CPS has determined that it is not in the public interest to proceed any further.

“This protracted enquiry has been complex and detailed, taking a considerable amount of time due to the complexities and quantity of material involved and we appreciate the patience of all involved in this investigation.”

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