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Trafford Council taxi licence inquiry: Two men arrested

Two men have been arrested as part of an investigation into irregularities at Trafford Council's licensing department.

A 51-year-old and a 54-year-old were arrested on suspicion of misconduct in a public office and remain in custody.

The investigation followed allegations that staff accepted payments to issue taxi licences quickly.

Trafford Council's Peter Molyneux claimed there were "robust safeguarding procedures with regards to licences".

Mr Molyneux, corporate director for environment, transport and operations, said the continuing investigation was "being taken extremely seriously" by the council.

A source told the BBC there had been allegations that "bungs of up to £300" had been taken by licensing staff to issue documents before the administrative process had been completed.

Trafford Council charges £184.50 for a private hire or Hackney cab licence and the council's website states driver checks and administration should take up to eight weeks from the receipt of an application.

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