>fraudulent applications for school places
Hmmm... Fraud law was updated in 2005-6 since, amongst other issues, goods or money had to be obtained rather than services.
Education is clearly a service, but look what it says regarding services:-
11 Obtaining services dishonestly
(1) A person is guilty of an offence under this section if he obtains services for
himself or another—
(a) by a dishonest act, and
(a) they are made available on the basis that payment has been, is being or
will be made for or in respect of them,
That is, the services so stolen must be normally charged for, and they mustn't have made the payment, now, either education is free in which case it can't be fraudulently obtained or it's paid via taxation in which case they've paid in full.
It appears that by investigating "fraudulent" school applications, they weren't actually investigating an offence at all.
I hope the two "criminal offences" aren't fraud along these lines, maybe there's something else to the cases...