Police accused of covering up Vant singer’s arrest

Frontman Matthew Vant was questioned on suspicion of burglary and criminal damage in 2009

Police have been accused of covering up the arrest of Vant frontman Matthew Vant, the son of a senior officer.

London fourpiece Vant released their debut album ‘Dumb Blood’ last February but have since announced they are on an “indefinite hiatus”.

According to a Sunday Times report, Matthew Vant was questioned on suspicion of burglary and criminal damage following a house party in November 2009, when he was a student in Sunderland.

It was alleged that the shop below the flat, Cartridge World, was trashed during the party, with several computers stolen and damages estimated at £30,000. A record collection also went missing.

The matter was resolved through the community resolution scheme and the shop owner was paid £1,000. The settlement meant that the case would not result in a criminal record.

Details of the incident were deleted from the internal police database and a whistleblower alleges that the arrest has been “hushed up” to prevent leaks to the media.

A source told the Times: “It seems it is one rule for the public and another for friends of Northumbria police.”

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) received a complaint about the incident in 2016 but a review found that the singer’s father, Greg Vant, a former assistant chief constable of Northumbria Police, had no case to answer for.

Greg Vant has denied any wrongdoing and says the decision to delete the details of his son’s arrest was undertaken by a colleague.

Northumbria Police have said there has been no evidence found of any misconduct.