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Police probe into former joint ventures with BT continues

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Lancashire’s police and crime commissioner has confirmed that a three-year-long police probe into Lancashire CC and Liverpool City Council is still active.

The allegations are connected to One Connect and Liverpool Direct, respectively council joint ventures with BT and both now defunct.

In a letter to commissioner Clive Grunshaw (Lab), Liverpool councillor Richard Kemp (Lib Dem) – formerly his party’s leader on the Local Government Association – and Bill Winlow, its group leader on Lancashire, noted it was three years since the investigation began and that at one point 20 officers were engaged on it at a cost of £850,000 a year.

“After three years we should be getting some idea of the progress being made on this case,” they said. “We appreciate that it involves two of the largest councils in the country and a major multi-national company but we believe that the facts must be brought both before the courts and the taxpayers of Lancashire and Liverpool as soon as possible.”

Their letter asked Mr Grunshaw about costs, whether any matters have been passed to the director of public prosecutions, or were intended to be, and when any court cases might arise.

Mr Grunshaw said in a statement: “The investigation into this issue is currently on-going and is very complex in nature. It is important that the constabulary is given the opportunity to conduct the investigation to its full extent.”



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