Manchester

Bob Bibby and Jim Taylor held in Bury Council bribery probe

Councillor Bob Bibby and Councillor Jim Taylor
Image caption Mr Bibby represents the Church ward and Mr Taylor represents the North Manor ward

Two Conservative councillors are among five men who have been arrested as part of a corruption investigation in Greater Manchester.

Bury Council's former leader Councillor Bob Bibby and Councillor Jim Taylor were among five men held regarding allegations two councillors were bribed over a planning application in Bury.

Police said five men aged between 45 and 69 were arrested on suspicion of corruption in a public office.

They have been bailed until April.

The force's Serious Crime Division executed warrants at addresses in Greater Manchester and Lancashire on Tuesday.

Police made the arrests in Altrincham, Greater Manchester; Kersal, Salford; Didsbury, Manchester and Bacup in Lancashire.

Officers also seized computers and documents from Bury Town Hall.

Bury Divisional Commander Ch Supt Jon Rush said: "I recognise this operation will cause some disruption at the council.

"However, the council is co-operating with the investigation and we intend to keep disruption to a minimum."

A council spokesman said: "We are currently assisting police with their ongoing investigation so would be inappropriate to comment further."

Mr Bibby represents the Church ward and was first elected to the council in 1999. Mr Taylor represents the North Manor ward.

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