Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson re-bailed by police following arrest in corruption probe

MAYOR of Liverpool Joe Anderson has been re- bailed by police following his arrest in a corruption probe last month.

Mr Anderson, 62, was held with four other men on December 4 on suspicion of conspiracy to commit bribery and witness intimidation.

The arrests came as part of Operation Aloft, a police fraud investigation into building and development contracts.

Days later, Mr Anderson, the long-time Labour leader and mayor of the city since 2012, ann­ounced he was “stepping away” from his council duties while the police probe continued.

Anderson, a father-of-four, who lives in the Old Swan area of the city, was elected mayor of Liverpool in 2012, having been on the council since 1998.

He stood to become the Labour nomination for metro mayor of the Liverpool City Region in 2016 but was beaten by the then Walton MP Steve Rotheram, who currently holds the post.

The Labour Party also suspended the father of four pending the outcome of the case.

Merseyside Police said yesterday: “We can confirm that the five people arrested have been re- bailed until February 19.”

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