The Liverpool Mayor and four others were arrested today during a police probe.
Joe Anderson, the elected Mayor of Liverpool, has been arrested.
According to The Liverpool Echo, the city leader was arrested earlier today by Merseyside Police along with four other men.
The arrests were made in connection to offences of bribery and witness intimidation as part of an investigation into building and development contracts in Liverpool.
Detectives made arrests at addresses throughout the city as well asOrmskirkandSouthport.
The arrests are part of "an ongoing investigation," police said today.
We arrested five people today in connection with bribery & witness intimidation offences as part of an ongoing investigation. It is an active case and is sub-judice, so we ask that comments do not risk prejudicing proceedings. Read more here: https://t.co/qPjQ7dtGFH pic.twitter.com/UIe5ISx4Ts
Merseyside Police (@MerseyPolice) December 4, 2020
"We arrested five people today in connection with bribery & witness intimidation offences as part of an ongoing investigation. It is an active case and is sub-judice, so we ask that comments do not risk prejudicing proceedings," Merseyside police tweeted earlier today.
Two men (72 and 25 years old) were arrested on suspicion of witness intimidation.
The other three men (62, 33 and 46) werearrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit bribery and witness intimidation.
The Echo believes that the 62 year-old man is elected Mayor Joe Anderson.
The Labour Party politician has led the city since 2010 and has been Mayor since 2012.
Last year he secured the Labour Party selection to run to be Mayor of the city for a third term at May's delayed elections.
He also came under fire in April when he said it would be farcical to restart the Premier League.
Anderson has been 'administratively suspended' from the Labour party, according to The Echo.
A Liverpool City Council spokesperson 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.