Seven charged over football club’s missing £10,000,000 loan

An investigation into funds to develop Northampton Town FC’s stadium began almost six years ago (Picture: Getty)

Seven people have been charged in connection with a long-running investigation into a missing £10.25 million loan to Northampton Town FC.

A criminal probe was launched almost six years ago after the disappearance of the money loaned by Northampton Borough Council to pay for the development of its East Stand.

On Friday Northamptonshire Police said the six men and one woman had been charged with offences under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000, linked to that inquiry. The investigation has now turned towards a local branch of the Conservative Party.

All seven are accused of failing to ensure, as required under Section 54 of the act, that any donation above £500 to a political party must supply the recipient with correct details of the funding’s’ source.

In a statement detailing the charge, the police said each faced allegations that ‘without reasonable cause, being the principal donor of a donation of more than £500 to a registered party, namely Northampton South Conservative Association, (they) failed to ensure that, at the time when the donation was received by the party, the party was given all such details in respect of the person treated as making the recordable donation as were required by…the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000’.

The six men and a woman charged are all aged between 47 and 70 and from Buckinghamshire and Middlesex.

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: Banners are seen on the unfinished East Stand during the Sky Bet League Two match between Northampton Town and Stevenage at Sixfields Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

The money was earmarked for developing the East Stand at Sixfields stadium (Picture: Getty Images)

They are; Nutan Bhimjiyani, 60, Sharad Bhimjiyani, 65, Gary Platt, 65, all from Harrow; Nirav Vinodray Sheth, 47, of Stanmore; and all in Middlesex; Alan Mayfield, 64, of Chalfont St Peter, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire; Leonard Western, 70, of South Oxhey, Watford; and 65-year-old Parekh Brijkumar, of Denham, also in Buckinghamshire.

All of the accused will appear at Northampton Magistrates’ Court on July 16.

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