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Leeds Grand Theatre investigation: Two charged with fraud

Leeds Grand Theatre Image copyright Bill Henderson
Image caption Leeds Grand Theatre on New Briggate was built in 1878 and is controlled by the council

Two men have appeared in court charged with conspiring to defraud Leeds Grand Theatre out of more than £178,000.

Peter Alp, 52, of Herne Bay, Kent, and Dean Oates, 45, from York, are accused of submitting 54 false invoices between 2011 and 2013.

The pair were released on unconditional bail at Leeds Magistrates' Court to appear at crown court on 24 October.

The theatre, which is on New Briggate in the city centre, was built in 1878 and is run by the council.

Mr Alp and Mr Oates were arrested last summer following an investigation by West Yorkshire Police and charged last week.

A 54-year-old woman arrested at the same time remains on police bail.

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