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Bury councillor Bob Bibby 'devastated' by arrest

Councillor Bob Bibby
Image caption Mr Bibby said the corruption accusation was "soul-destroying"

A former leader of a Greater Manchester council has said he has been left "devastated" after being arrested on suspicion of corruption.

Bury councillor Bob Bibby and another Conservative member were detained with three other men after a series of police raids on Tuesday.

He said he would continue as a councillor while the investigation took place, and will "fight in whatever way I have means to clear my name on this".

The men have been bailed until April.

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

Officers also seized computers and documents from Bury Town Hall.

Mr Bibby said: "I am absolutely devastated and to have this accusation is soul-destroying."

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

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