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No charges over Corby council Tesco land deal

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Image caption Police started an inquiry after a district auditor's report in June 2013 highlighted "significant failings" by the council in land deals

No charges will be brought against Corby Borough Council staff following an investigation into the sale of land.

Police started an inquiry after a district auditor's report in June 2013 highlighted "significant failings" by the council in land deals.

Officers carried out an investigation into the sale of land at St James in Corby, now the site of a Tesco store.

In consultation with prosecutors, the force decided there was insufficient evidence to justify a prosecution.

'Lessons learned'

A Northamptonshire Police spokesman said the force had conducted a "thorough" and "lengthy" inquiry into the sale in 2010.

He added: "After careful consideration, [the force] has decided there is insufficient evidence to justify a prosecution and, as a result, no further action will be taken on this matter."

Council leader Tom Beattie said it had implemented recommendations made by the auditors and co-operated fully with the police investigation.

"Whilst disappointed at the length of time this has taken, I was always confident of the outcome," he said.

"We are a good council, which is improving and getting better, and we are on a sound financial footing. Lessons have been learned."

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