Cops ‘arrest Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson over witness intimidation and bribery’

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Police have arrested Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson on suspicion of witness intimidation and bribery.

The city leader was apprehended earlier today by Merseyside Police, the Liverpool Echo reports.

They detained four others in connection with offences of bribery and witness intimidation as part of an investigation into building and development contracts in the city.

Police confirmed the following details:

A 72-year-old man, from Aigburth, has been arrested on suspicion of witness intimidation.

A 62-year-old man, from Old Swan has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit bribery and witness intimidation.

A 33-year-old man, from West Derby, has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit bribery and witness intimidation.

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A 46-year-old man, from Ainsdale, has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit bribery and witness intimidation.

The ECHO understands that the 62-year-old man arrested is the directly elected Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson.

A Liverpool City Council spokesperson said: “Liverpool City Council is co-operating with Merseyside Police in relation to its ongoing investigation. We do not comment on matters relating to individuals.”

The Daily Star has approached the council and the Mayor's office.

Merseyside Police refused to comment further on the arrests.

Anderson, former leader of Liverpool Council, became the city's first directly-elected mayor in 2012.

He was re-elected to office four years later.

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