Corruption probe over planning permission

The Greater Manchester Police has confirmed that five men held as part of an investigation into alleged corruption involving a residential planning permission in Bury have been bailed pending further inquiries.


Officers from GMP’s Serious Crime Division executed warrants at addresses in Altrincham, Kersal, Didsbury and Bacup, Lancashire, and arrested five men, aged between 45 and 69 on suspicion of corruption in a public office.


This action followed allegations that two councillors at Bury Council accepted bribes in relation to a planning application.


As part of the operation, officers recovered a number of computers and documents from Bury Town Hall and a business premises in Moston. The men have been bailed until a date in April.


The two councillors, Bob Bibby, 69, the former leader of Bury Council, and Jim Taylor, 64, have strongly protested their innocence.


Bury Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Jon Rush said: ‘I recognise this operation will cause some disruption at the council.


‘However, the council is co-operating with the investigation and we intend to keep disruption to a minimum.’


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