Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson arrested in bribery probe
Liverpool’s mayor Joe Anderson, the Labour mayor of Liverpool, was arrested on Friday along with four
others as part of a probe into building and development contracts in the city.
Merseyside police confirmed they had detained five men as part of an “ongoing investigation”
but did not name any of them.
NSL Learnt, Labour Party has suspended Mr Anderson pending the outcome of the case.
The year-long police probe, Operation Aloft, has focussed on a number of property developers.
Liverpool City Council said it was co-operating with Merseyside Police.
A police statement said those arrested include two men, 33 and 62, both from Liverpool, on suspicion of
conspiracy to commit bribery and witness intimidation. A 46-year-old man from Ainsdale has also been
arrested on suspicion of the same offence.
The other two arrested men are a 72-year-old man from Liverpool and a 25-year old from Ormskirk,
who have been arrested on suspicion of witness intimidation.
Developer Elliot Lawless was arrested in January 2019 and denied any wrongdoing. Elliot Lawless is
currently released under investigation and was not one of the five arrested earlier on Friday.