Lancashire homes raided in One Connect probe

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LANCASHIRE police have confirmed that detectives probing the controversial County Hall company One Connect Limited raided three addresses in the North West.

Officers executed warrants in Southport, Knowsley and Fulwood in Preston, but no arrests have been made.

The warrants are part of an investigation into the running of One Connect, a company set up jointly by Lancashire County Council and telecom giant BT to save cash running council services.

The force was called in last year by the county’s new Labour leadership over alleged financial irregularities involving the partnership’s awarding of contracts County chief executive Phil Halsall was suspended from his £190,000-a-year post before leaving the authority’s employ by ‘mutual consent’.

The ruling Labour group discovered one of the men instrumental in setting up One Connect, David McElhinney, also boss of Liverpool Direct, had been paid more than £600,000 for two years’ work when the county treasurer believed he was getting just £40,000 annually for two-and-a-half days a week.

Geoff Driver, leader of the Conservative group in power when One Connect was set up, claims the investigation is politically motivated and has issued a statement denying his Fulwood home was searched by police.

A Lancashire Constabulary spokesman said yesterday: “We can confirm that on Wednesday, February 12, officers from Lancashire Constabulary searched three addresses.

“The searches follow a referral from Lancashire County Council last year outlining concerns in relation to a number of financial irregularities.

“No-one has been arrested. Two men have attended a police station by pre-arranged appointment as part of an on-going investigation.

“We will also be speaking with a third man.”

A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: “The county council is continuing to co-operate with a police investigation but it would be inappropriate to comment any further at this stage."

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6:22pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Chuck-Norris says...

Errr this sounds like a fraud in my humble opinion yet again using tax payers money -- someone needs to be ending up in court if that's the case ??! Who the hell keeps track of these people and our money??
Errr this sounds like a fraud in my humble opinion yet again using tax payers money -- someone needs to be ending up in court if that's the case ??! Who the hell keeps track of these people and our money?? Chuck-Norris
  • Score: 4

9:11pm Fri 21 Feb 14

glossopkid says...

Lancashire county council should be investigated and the people who are responsible for this farce should be be held accountable regardless of how high up the ladder they are. Lets not please have a repeat of the police commissioner where everything was brushed under the carpet by the police and CPS.

I live in hope!!
Lancashire county council should be investigated and the people who are responsible for this farce should be be held accountable regardless of how high up the ladder they are. Lets not please have a repeat of the police commissioner where everything was brushed under the carpet by the police and CPS. I live in hope!! glossopkid
  • Score: 2

10:02pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Steven Seagull says...

glossopkid wrote:
Lancashire county council should be investigated and the people who are responsible for this farce should be be held accountable regardless of how high up the ladder they are. Lets not please have a repeat of the police commissioner where everything was brushed under the carpet by the police and CPS.

I live in hope!!
So let's hear your evidence that points to exactly how it was brushed under the carpet?
[quote][p][bold]glossopkid[/bold] wrote: Lancashire county council should be investigated and the people who are responsible for this farce should be be held accountable regardless of how high up the ladder they are. Lets not please have a repeat of the police commissioner where everything was brushed under the carpet by the police and CPS. I live in hope!![/p][/quote]So let's hear your evidence that points to exactly how it was brushed under the carpet? Steven Seagull
  • Score: -2

2:12pm Sat 22 Feb 14

HarryBosch says...

Read the story elsewhere in this paper and you'll see what happens to people who have their fingers in every pie! THEY GET CHOPPED OFF !!!
Read the story elsewhere in this paper and you'll see what happens to people who have their fingers in every pie! THEY GET CHOPPED OFF !!! HarryBosch
  • Score: 0

9:01pm Sat 22 Feb 14

glossopkid says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
glossopkid wrote:
Lancashire county council should be investigated and the people who are responsible for this farce should be be held accountable regardless of how high up the ladder they are. Lets not please have a repeat of the police commissioner where everything was brushed under the carpet by the police and CPS.

I live in hope!!
So let's hear your evidence that points to exactly how it was brushed under the carpet?
Is that you muggins?
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]glossopkid[/bold] wrote: Lancashire county council should be investigated and the people who are responsible for this farce should be be held accountable regardless of how high up the ladder they are. Lets not please have a repeat of the police commissioner where everything was brushed under the carpet by the police and CPS. I live in hope!![/p][/quote]So let's hear your evidence that points to exactly how it was brushed under the carpet?[/p][/quote]Is that you muggins? glossopkid
  • Score: 1

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