Manchester

Greater Manchester policeman in council theft arrest

A Greater Manchester police constable and two council workers have been arrested as part of an investigation into theft at a local authority.

In April, Salford City Council discovered £100,000 had been stolen from its licensing services department.

A 43-year-old woman, who left the council earlier this year, a 25-year-old man and 48-year-old constable were arrested on Wednesday morning.

All three have been bailed until 3 August, police said.

The constable, arrested on suspicion of money-laundering, has been placed on restricted duties.

The matter has been voluntarily referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, a force spokesman said.

'Financial irregularities'

Both council workers were employed in the licensing department at the time of the thefts.

The woman, held on suspicion of fraud, took voluntary redundancy in January. The man, who was questioned on suspicion of fraud and burglary, has been suspended.

Councillor Ray Mashiter, Salford Council's lead member for environment, said: "During one of our regular accounting reviews we uncovered some financial irregularities.

"As a result we contacted the police and our internal audit team has been supporting their investigation into this matter.

"As this is an ongoing investigation it would not be appropriate to comment further at this stage."

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