Police to investigate land deals at Cheshire council

Cheshire East Council offices

A police investigation is to look into a land deal involving Cheshire East Council – it was announced yesterday.

Cheshire police are to look into the issue after matters were referred to them by the local authority.

The council issued a statement yesterday which said it referred a “new matter” to the police.

The authority, which covers  Macclesfield, Congleton and Crewe and Nantwich, has not given any further details of when the deal took place and who it involved.

Kath O’Dwyer, acting chief executive of Cheshire East Council, said: “As a result of a targeted forensic audit of historical land transactions, I can confirm that we have now referred a further matter to Cheshire police who will consider whether or not there are grounds to investigate.

“It would not be appropriate for me to expand on this further and, therefore, there will be no further comment from the council at this time.”

A spokesman for Cheshire Police added: “We can confirm that a further referral has been received from Cheshire East Council in respect of concerns over a historical land transaction in Crewe.

“The matter will be reviewed in due course.”

Police are already investigating a number of other issues relating to the council including in air quality data and the awarding of contracts.