Liverpool’s Labour mayor ‘arrested’ as part of police building development investigation

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Detectives from Merseyside Police arrested five men including Mr Anderson at addresses throughout Liverpool, as well as Ormskirk and Southport. Police said the arrests are part of “an ongoing investigation”.

Detectives said 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; 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; and a 25-year-old man, from, Ormskirk, has been arrested on suspicion of witness intimidation.

The Liverpool ECHO said it understood the 62-year-old man arrested is the directly elected Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson.

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.”

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