The Mayor of Liverpool has been arrested in connection with bribery and witness intimidation offences.
Joe Anderson, 62, was arrested by Merseyside Police alongside four other men as part of a police probe into building and development contracts in the city.
Police did not confirm the Mayor’s identity, but said a 62-year-old was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit bribery and witness intimidation.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson (pictured) has been arrested in connection with bribery offences and witness intimidation
The 62-year-old is believed to be Anderson – who hit the headlines in October by backing plans to thrust the city into Tier 3 lockdown.
Alongside the 62-year-old, four others were also arrested, the Liverpool Echo reports.
A 72-year-old and a 25-year-old were arrested on suspicion of witness intimidation.
Two other men – aged 46 and 33 – were accused of conspiracy to commit bribery and witness intimidation.
The Labour Party politician has led the city since 2010 and has been Mayor since 2012.
Last year he secured the Labour Party selection to run to be Mayor of the city for a third term at May’s delayed elections.
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.’