Coun­cil HQ is searched

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

PO­LICE searched coun­cil head­quar­ters as part of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the award­ing of con­tracts to a com­pany run by the out­go­ing coun­cil leader’s phys­io­ther­a­pist, it has been re­vealed.

Of­fi­cers are car­ry­ing out a crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into mis­con­duct in a pub­lic of­fice as a re­sult of in­for­ma­tion re­ceived about Cheshire East Coun­cil and the award­ing of con­tracts. Now po­lice have con­firmed the coun­cil’s West­fields head of­fices at Sand­bach were searched just be­fore Christ­mas.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion cen­tres around the award­ing of con­tracts worth more than £150,000 to Core Fit, which is run by out­go­ing coun­cil leader Michael Jones’s physio Amanda Mor­ris. Coun Jones has re­signed as leader blam­ing in-fight­ing in the Con­ser­va­tive party. He has al­ways de­nied any in­volve­ment in the is­su­ing of the con­tracts.

Cheshire East’s in­ter­nal au­dit team says it will co­op­er­ate fully with the po­lice so they can carry out all lines of in­quiry.

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