Statement from Lofthouse Brass Band regarding Yorkshire Area fraud
Published in General on 2016-07-19 by Lofthouse Brass Band
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Statement from Lofthouse Brass Band regarding Yorkshire Area Brass Band Championship Fraud.
In March 2016 Lofthouse Brass Band were the victims of a malicious attempt to have them disqualified from the Yorkshire Regional Brass Band Championships. This include the creation of a false email address in the name of the Musical Director, Andrew Whitaker, cancellation of long standing players registration and subsequent follow up emails to all competing bands accusing Lofthouse Brass Band of playing ineligible players.
During the course of the following weeks the story not only became news in the brass banding world but also made the national press, TV and Radio.
Lofthouse Brass Band were after a through investigation by the Yorkshire Regional Committee completely exonerated and the result from the competition, where Lofthouse Band took 1st place, was upheld so the band were invited to attend the National Finals in September.
On Wednesday 6th July 2016 a 30 year old man from the Harrogate area was cautioned by Police in relation to this incident. The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, performed at the contest in Bradford and has a strong connection to the music world within the Yorkshire area. It was proved that he acted alone and no one else in the banding world had any indication of his actions.
His actions caused considerable stress and upset to Lofthouse Brass Band and their officials as well as undermining the exceptional work that Peggy Tomlinson, contest controller on the day, and the Yorkshire Regional Contest Committee do for Yorkshire Brass Bands in organising the Yorkshire Regional Championships.
A spokesman for Lofthouse Brass Band said "We would like to thank West Yorkshire Police for taking this matter seriously and perusing their investigation to its conclusion. We would like to thank the Yorkshire Regional Committee and all the local bands for their support in this difficult time."
Lofthouse Brass Band now can put this sad episode behind them and concentrate all their efforts into preparation for the National Finals in Cheltenham in September where they will represent Yorkshire.
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