Liverpool’s elected mayor, Joe Anderson, arrested
Joe Anderson, the elected Mayor of Liverpool, has been arrested, according to reports.
Earlier today detectives made five arrests at addresses in the city, as well as Ormskirk and Southport, in connection with offences of bribery and witness intimidation linked to investigations into building and development contracts in Liverpool.
Merseyside Police said the arrests were part of “an ongoing investigation”.
Police said the following five people had been arrested:
A 72-year-old man, from Aigburth, has been arrested on suspicion of witness intimidation.
A 62-year-old man, from Old Swan has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit bribery and witness intimidation. This is understood to be Mr Anderson.
A 33-year-old man, from West Derby, has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit bribery and witness intimidation.
A 46-year-old man, from Ainsdale, has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit bribery and witness intimidation.
A 25-year-old man, from, Ormskirk, has been arrested on suspicion of witness intimidation.
Police said: “Those arrested have been taken to police stations across Merseyside where they will be questioned by detectives.”
A spokesperson for Liverpool City Council said: “Liverpool City Council is co-operating with Merseyside Police in relation to its ongoing investigation. We do not comment on matters relating to individuals.”
Mr Anderson has been administratively suspended from the Labour Party following the arrests.