Businessman who helped secure millions of pounds worth of contracts lavished hospitality on Cleveland Police chiefs

Darlington and Stockton Times: Companies paid for season tickets at Middlesbrough Companies paid for season tickets at Middlesbrough

A BUSINESSMAN secured millionw of pounds worth of contracts from Cleveland Police while footing the bill for lavish hospitality for senior members of the force embroiled in a corruption investigation.

At least three firms with connections to Rob Beattie spent thousands of pounds on season tickets at Middlesbrough Football Club as well as paying for trips to international rugby matches and Champions' League football matches.

The businessman, based in South Wales, who was arrested in connection with Operation Sacristy, was named in documents released after the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to press charges on any of the ten people arrested during the 41-month corruption probe as there was insufficient evidence to bring criminal charges.

The 53-year-old helped secure the contract for Reliance Secure Task Management just months after paying for senior officers, including disgraced former chief constable Sean Price, and officials from Cleveland Police Authority, including former chairman Dave McLuckie and former chief executive Joe McCarthy.

Reliance then took on Mr McCarthy as a managing director straight after he left the authority with a £360,000 redundancy package. He left the post in 2012 when the company was taken over.

In March 2007 Mr Beattie became a director of Enterprise Development Group, which later secured almost £1m worth of contracts from the force over a three year period.

According to the documents, the company paid thousands of pounds for a season ticket at Middlesbrough for 08/09, as well as paying for guests to attend several other games throughout that season.

The next two seasons, another company where Mr Beattie is a director, bus company W Collins and Co, paid more than £10,000 for a season ticket at Middlesbrough.

And in October 2010, he was a guest alongside Mr Price and Mr McLuckie, at a football match in Nottingham paid for by Steria, which secured a £175m contract for the force that year.

Mr Beattie was arrested during the inquiry but has been told that he will not face any charges. He denied any wrongdoing, said the executive boxes were not solely for police use and criticised the inquiry.

Speaking to The Independent, he said: “I worked up at Cleveland Police. As far as I’m aware did a very good job for them, helped them save tens of millions, or hundreds of millions of pounds, and changed the organisation.

“The fact that we had a box at Middlesbrough Football Club has no direct relevance to Cleveland Police in that respect except the number of times where they’ve registered that they’ve come along as guests and seen the football… it’s not solely for, or specially for, the use of Cleveland Police.”

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9:20pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Claude Ted says...

This is the sort of activity you would expect in a corrupt third world country that has no idea how to behave ethically.
This individual was paid an extraordinary amount from Cleveland ratepayers & lavished grossly excessive hospitality.
The outsourcing deal requires appropriate public scrutiny to prove that the contracts are in fact delivering services.
The idea this man delivered millions of pounds in savings when this force is now pleading poverty is laughable.
The discredited CPA must have had knowledge of the largesse on offer & should have acted, McLuckie's waist measurement must have been expanding by the day keeping the local hostelries in business.
The sad fact is the CPA hasn't been held to account & one of them is now running the force as the PCC.
You couldn't really make it up!
This is the sort of activity you would expect in a corrupt third world country that has no idea how to behave ethically. This individual was paid an extraordinary amount from Cleveland ratepayers & lavished grossly excessive hospitality. The outsourcing deal requires appropriate public scrutiny to prove that the contracts are in fact delivering services. The idea this man delivered millions of pounds in savings when this force is now pleading poverty is laughable. The discredited CPA must have had knowledge of the largesse on offer & should have acted, McLuckie's waist measurement must have been expanding by the day keeping the local hostelries in business. The sad fact is the CPA hasn't been held to account & one of them is now running the force as the PCC. You couldn't really make it up! Claude Ted
  • Score: 21

9:39pm Thu 13 Mar 14

ian923 says...

No one can tell me this is not Corruption of public officials. Why the wimps at the CPS didn't,t have the bottle to put these matters in front of a jury is not capable of understanding by any right minded person. It makes one wonder if the CPS have any skeletons in their cupboard relating to Cleveland Police, the CPA or Operation Sacristy.
No one can tell me this is not Corruption of public officials. Why the wimps at the CPS didn't,t have the bottle to put these matters in front of a jury is not capable of understanding by any right minded person. It makes one wonder if the CPS have any skeletons in their cupboard relating to Cleveland Police, the CPA or Operation Sacristy. ian923
  • Score: 16

11:40pm Thu 13 Mar 14

359282 says...

From the article, it appears that the games that the police officials were invited to were all registered within Cleveland's hospitality register. I don't see where the story is .
From the article, it appears that the games that the police officials were invited to were all registered within Cleveland's hospitality register. I don't see where the story is . 359282
  • Score: -9

7:03am Fri 14 Mar 14

That's Nice says...

It does sound strange but surely this can be verified by checking audit records over the last few years including the register of interests. This is basic stuff which any auditor would want to see in order to demonstrate robust controls and basic good practice.
It does sound strange but surely this can be verified by checking audit records over the last few years including the register of interests. This is basic stuff which any auditor would want to see in order to demonstrate robust controls and basic good practice. That's Nice
  • Score: 7

9:58am Fri 14 Mar 14

359282 says...

The article actually confirms that the entertainment was properly registered. This isn't a story, it's just a bit of mud slinging to divert everyone's attention away from the larger, systemic problems that Cleveland police suffer from. It's very easy copy for the Echo, but a little misleading. An alternative , equally accurate headline could have read ; Police force successfully complies with its policies and procedures.

Scare stories about corporate football tickets is tantamount to fiddling while Rome burns.
The article actually confirms that the entertainment was properly registered. This isn't a story, it's just a bit of mud slinging to divert everyone's attention away from the larger, systemic problems that Cleveland police suffer from. It's very easy copy for the Echo, but a little misleading. An alternative , equally accurate headline could have read ; Police force successfully complies with its policies and procedures. Scare stories about corporate football tickets is tantamount to fiddling while Rome burns. 359282
  • Score: -10

10:50am Fri 14 Mar 14

Claude Ted says...

The register of hospitality is full of holes. It is clear that the hospitality given by suppliers is considerably above what would be described at reasonable.
359282 seems to forget the malicious & illegal prosecution of a local solicitor costing £550K, the fact that senior CP employees has left or been sacked & the behaviour of senior police staff has attracted an investigation costing £4.5M that many believe should have concluded in prosecutions.
The HMIC has accused CP as acting like a fiefdom.
The CPA was run by a convicted criminal going off on foursomes at public expense when these were proved to be totally unnecessary !
Ithe sacristy investigation is scathing about the lack of cooperation from those investigated which clearly means a lot of 'no comment' responses, it's ludicrous to suggest this is simply a police force not complying with procedures.
Millions of pounds have been squandered their contract awards require scrutiny & we are left with the force managed by an individual that sat on the CPA.
They have wrecked the reputation of this police force & you can bet there will be more to come!
The register of hospitality is full of holes. It is clear that the hospitality given by suppliers is considerably above what would be described at reasonable. 359282 seems to forget the malicious & illegal prosecution of a local solicitor costing £550K, the fact that senior CP employees has left or been sacked & the behaviour of senior police staff has attracted an investigation costing £4.5M that many believe should have concluded in prosecutions. The HMIC has accused CP as acting like a fiefdom. The CPA was run by a convicted criminal going off on foursomes at public expense when these were proved to be totally unnecessary ! Ithe sacristy investigation is scathing about the lack of cooperation from those investigated which clearly means a lot of 'no comment' responses, it's ludicrous to suggest this is simply a police force not complying with procedures. Millions of pounds have been squandered their contract awards require scrutiny & we are left with the force managed by an individual that sat on the CPA. They have wrecked the reputation of this police force & you can bet there will be more to come! Claude Ted
  • Score: 8

12:43pm Fri 14 Mar 14

ad lucem says...

359282 you miss the point. Registering freebies and junkets doesn't make them right. Anyone awarding contracts needs to be seen as completely objective and beyond suspicion. Its amazing how many high ups in organisations value their integrity so little. Anyone know where Joe McCArthy is these days?
359282 you miss the point. Registering freebies and junkets doesn't make them right. Anyone awarding contracts needs to be seen as completely objective and beyond suspicion. Its amazing how many high ups in organisations value their integrity so little. Anyone know where Joe McCArthy is these days? ad lucem
  • Score: 3

2:44pm Fri 14 Mar 14

st-george1 says...

Yet another misconduct hearing report released as part of the Operation Sacristy investigation that has exposed how this South Wales businessman called Robert Beattie, who had connections with at least 3 other businesses, was helped to secure millions of pounds worth of contracts at Cleveland Police, after he lavished large sums of cash as well as luxurious and costly hospitality on Price, Bonnard, other senior officers and McLuckie … in return for £multi-million contract favours …
- It could be said such behaviour was all In the line of duty at this public office institution, that made these particular individuals with so much perceived power, unable to see the seriousness of their judgement and now deemed to be so unfit for purpose.
It all seems just one bad joke in today’s world where real JUSTICE is not being seen to be done, despite ...
- These immoral, cash-greedy people who all faced fraud and corruption charges, where incentive-money was used to pay-off people who broke every rule in the book AND YET as the Crown Prosecuting Service dutifuly said, their was insufficient evidence available to prosecute, a contradiction of the reports issued by The Independent Police Complaints Commisioner and the Investigating Officer !!!
Maybe the NEW Police Crime Commissioner will be shamed into resigning to avoid further investigations before someone urges him to call for a public inquiry into this whole malicious fiasco that occurred during his watch as McLuckie’s second-in-command.
Yet another misconduct hearing report released as part of the Operation Sacristy investigation that has exposed how this South Wales businessman called Robert Beattie, who had connections with at least 3 other businesses, was helped to secure millions of pounds worth of contracts at Cleveland Police, after he lavished large sums of cash as well as luxurious and costly hospitality on Price, Bonnard, other senior officers and McLuckie … in return for £multi-million contract favours … - It could be said such behaviour was all In the line of duty at this public office institution, that made these particular individuals with so much perceived power, unable to see the seriousness of their judgement and now deemed to be so unfit for purpose. It all seems just one bad joke in today’s world where real JUSTICE is not being seen to be done, despite ... - These immoral, cash-greedy people who all faced fraud and corruption charges, where incentive-money was used to pay-off people who broke every rule in the book AND YET as the Crown Prosecuting Service dutifuly said, their was insufficient evidence available to prosecute, a contradiction of the reports issued by The Independent Police Complaints Commisioner and the Investigating Officer !!! Maybe the NEW Police Crime Commissioner will be shamed into resigning to avoid further investigations before someone urges him to call for a public inquiry into this whole malicious fiasco that occurred during his watch as McLuckie’s second-in-command. st-george1
  • Score: 4

4:33pm Fri 14 Mar 14

hottopic says...

Is it illegal to have a few perks in a job nowadays?

Borrowing a van to move things for a friend or famaily.

Buying something for a friend using your staff discount at the the store you work in.

Its common place, this is a very biased story, to fuel a fire which does exist, all this is, is the NE jumping on a band wagon.

Do some proper reporting and find something NEW!
Is it illegal to have a few perks in a job nowadays? Borrowing a van to move things for a friend or famaily. Buying something for a friend using your staff discount at the the store you work in. Its common place, this is a very biased story, to fuel a fire which does exist, all this is, is the NE jumping on a band wagon. Do some proper reporting and find something NEW! hottopic
  • Score: -4

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