“All of the men have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and witness intimidation.”
The arrest came Monday morning with the Tory council leader processed by the police in Skelmersdale Police Station, then held for questioning.
The other three men arrested are Ged Fitzgerald the current Liverpool City Council chief executive, former County Hall chief executive Phil Halsall, Chief Executive of the now defunct One Connect and its sister organisation Liverpool Connect David McElhinney. The four are currently being questioned at Skelmersdale Police Station.
A police statement said:
“FOUR MEN HAVE BEEN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH AN INVESTIGATION INTO CONSPIRACY TO PERVERT THE COURSE OF JUSTICE.
THE MEN, AGED 72, 55, 58 AND 56 WERE ARRESTED AT ADDRESSES IN PRESTON AND MERSEYSIDE.
THE ARRESTS ARE PART OF A WIDER LONG-RUNNING INVESTIGATION INTO ALLEGATIONS OF FRAUD, ALTHOUGH NONE OF THESE MEN HAVE BEEN ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF FRAUD.”
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