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POLICE EXAMINE EXPENSES CLAIM

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A Labour councillor has stepped down after two north-east councils called in the fraud squad following an expenses ...
A Labour councillor has stepped down after two north-east councils called in the fraud squad following an expenses investigation by internal auditors.

Durham CC and Wear Valley DC complained to police about expense claims submitted by Sid Dent, a member of both councils.

A Durham police spokesman said: 'The complaint concerns irregularities on travelling and subsistence allowances which is what we will be looking at if an investigation is launched.'

Wear Valley executive director Carole Hughes and leader Olive Brown issued a joint statement which said: 'We are sorry to announce that, because of an ongoing investigation, councillor Dent has voluntarily suspended his position as member for Bishop Auckland Town ward.'

Mr Dent could not be contacted for comment.
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