Shock as Locks Heath pair questioned by HMRC over £800,000 fraud

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PARENTS have expressed their shock after two people connected to a children’s nursery were arrested on suspicion of income tax fraud estimated at £800,000.

The 60-year-old man and 57-year-old woman were arrested by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) criminal investigators in Locks Heath on Saturday.

They were quizzed on suspicion of crimes relating to the Fraud Act.

HMRC said it could not confirm which properties were searched.

However The News understands the businessman and woman are linked to Pixies Day Nursery in Locks Road, Locks Heath.

A Locks Heath home and three business premises have been searched and investigations are ongoing.

The pair were later released on bail pending further inquiries.

Staff at Pixies Day Nursery would not immediately comment when contacted by The News.

But a statement was later issued saying that Pixies Day Nursery Group was taken over and has been under new operational ownership since Monday.

It said: ‘All staff have been informed and a letter has been sent to parents.

‘The ongoing HMRC investigation of the partnership that previously owned Pixies Nursery Group is completely unrelated to the new owners, the staff or the ongoing business.

‘Pixies Nursery Group will continue to be run by the existing management team and there will be no changes at all in relation to staffing of rooms or key workers.’

But parents whose children attend the nursery were surprised to hear of the arrests.

One grandparent, who did not want to be named said: ‘It’s a bit of a shock. I cannot get my head around it, it has blown me away.

‘It’s a lovely place and the staff are lovely.

‘It’s very sad to hear.’

Another parent, who did not want to be named, said: ‘We are all struggling but you don’t expect something like this to happen.

‘But it doesn’t shock me that much as I have heard of other people doing such things.’

A mum whose child attends the nursery told The News: ‘It’s a lovely place. It’s a shock to hear with the good reputation they have.’