Stoke & Staffordshire

Stoke-on-Trent City Council contracts probe: Fifth arrest

A fifth man has been arrested in an investigation into Stoke-on-Trent City Council's contract tendering process.

Police said a 56-year-old man from Staffordshire was arrested on Tuesday and released on bail until October.

The other four men have also been bailed pending further inquiries following their arrest.

Last year, six council workers were suspended. The Audit Commission seized a number of files at the council offices.

A police spokesperson said: "In the course of ongoing investigations, a 56-year-old man from Staffordshire has been arrested and bailed, pending further inquiries, as part of the ongoing police investigation into corrupt tendering practices at Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

"He has been bailed to a date in October."

The other four men arrested since September 2010 include two aged 49, one aged 44 and one aged 52.

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