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Brighton Council £18m fraud case police interview man

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Image caption Brighton and Hove City Council began an internal investigation into the award of £18m of housing contracts

Police investigating allegations of improper awarding of £18m of Brighton Council housing contracts have interviewed a man under caution.

It follows a probe into the awarding of contracts to a property management firm by the council over the past 10 years.

The 53-year-old man was interviewed on suspicion of misconduct in public office and corruption, but not arrested.

Four men have already been arrested and bailed over the same offences.

In November 2013, police were called in to investigate the awarding of contracts to a property management company providing temporary shelter for homeless people.

Computers seized

It followed work carried out by Brighton and Hove City Council's internal audit team.

The four arrested men men were arrested in August and are due to answer bail next month.

Two of those held were from Essex. A 51-year-old man was arrested at an address in Balfour Road, Ilford, while a 67-year-old man was arrested at a property in Ashvale Drive, Upminster.

A 53-year-old man was held at a house in Elms Road, Clapham, south London, while 57-year-old man was arrested at an address in Harlands Road, Haywards Heath in West Sussex.

Properties in Holland Road, Hove, and in Queens Road, Brighton, were also searched by police.

Computers and documents were seized from the six properties.

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