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Hanningfield arrested over Essex fraud claims

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Lord Hanningfield, the former Essex CC leader jailed for fraud relating to House of Lords expenses, has been arrested over expenses claims from the council.

Lord Hanningfield

Source: Nick Strugnell

A spokesman for Essex police said: “A 70-year-old man from the Chelmsford area has been arrested for fraud as part of an investigation into expenses claims at Essex CC.

“He has been released on police bail until 18 January 2012 pending further inquiries.”

Sources were reported to have confirmed to the Press Association that it was the Conservative peer who had been arrested - five days after he was released having served a quarter of a nine-month sentence.

He had claimed £13,379 parliamentary expenses for overnight stays in London when he was not there.

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