(2009) New Labour Mayor Mark Meredith

The Labour Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent has been arrested as part of a police inquiry into alleged corruption.

Mark Meredith was detained at dawn yesterday and questioned by detectives from Staffordshire Police. This followed the arrest last week of a senior Conservative councillor, Roger Ibbs, over corruption allegations.

Police are thought to be investigating alleged wrongdoing over a council decision to abandon plans to close a swimming pool. The inquiry began after a complaint by the council itself following an internal investigation. The plans had been scrapped when the council said it could not achieve the £60,000 savings that it had thought the closure would bring.


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