Malvern school owner arrested over drug suspicion

First published in News Worcester News: Sarah Hickinbotham by

THE owner of a top private school in Malvern has been arrested on suspicion of possessing Class A drugs.

Hekmat Kaveh, aged 55, who owns The Abbey College, strenously denies any wrongdoing.

He was arrested on Wednesday, October 11, at Cheltenham Racecourse after police found a package in his car.

It is understood his home and the school were also searched, and the package is currently undergoing tests to establish its contents.

Mr Kaveh told the Worcester News he believed the case would be dropped in light of evidence he will present to the police in due course.

The Wells Road college, which charges annual fees of more than £20,000, caters for adults and children aged 14 and over, with the majority of students coming from overseas.

In its last social care inspection report in November 2007, the school – which also provides boarding accomodation – was considered good overall by Ofsted.

A spokesman for Gloucestershire Police confirmed a 55-year-old man from Cheltenham was arrested at Cheltenham Racecourse on Wednesday, October 11, on suspicion of possessing class A drugs.

He has been released on police bail until Wednesday, November 28.

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