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Standon Calling chief jailed for swindling Tesco

Alexander Trenchard is sentenced to 30 months for theft and fraud

Photographer:Andrew Deere

Chris Swindells - 03 February 2011

The head of Standon Calling, Alexander Trenchard, has been jailed for 30 months for defrauding Tesco out of £335,000.

Alexander Trenchard was today (February 3) found guilty of theft and fraud at Aylesbury Crown Court after using the money to bankroll the event.

Standon Calling is an annual festival in Hertfordshire which has previously featured artists such as British Sea Power, The Magic Numbers, Glasvegas, Etienne De Crecy and Liars.

Trenchard had started working for Tesco in 2002 and after a series of promotions was given a company credit card. He manipulated his expenses limit and, with debt clearing bills included, lost the company £355,000.

Trenchard's Lawyer Patrick Gibbs said his client was "kind and obsessed" with the festival.

Trenchard's debt to the supermarket company was paid by his parents – his father is Hugh, 3rd Viscount Trenchard.

A spokesman confirmed Standon Calling 2011 is still due to go ahead from 11-14 August, although no artists have been formally announced for the festival yet. 

Early bird tickets to Standon Calling 2011 have sold out but adult tickets are available for £120, teen tickets for £100 and under-12's go for free.

Click here to buy Standon Calling tickets.


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