Police investigation into Council's awarding of contracts referred to Crown Prosecution Service

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A police investigation into the awarding of a historical contract by Cheshire East Council has led to a file being submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Cheshire Police launched a criminal investigation in to the Council's awarding of contract to Core Fit, which is run by the former council leader's physiotherapist Amanda Morris, to deliver fitness classes in schools.

A spokesperson for Cheshire Police said "We can confirm that the investigation into the awarding of contracts at Cheshire East Council has concluded, and a file has been submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service."

Councillor Rachel Bailey, leader of Cheshire East Council, said in a statement: "Cheshire police have informed us that the investigation into the historical awarding of a contract by Cheshire East Council has concluded and a file has been submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service.

"The investigation has taken some time but it is good to know that this matter has progressed and is now closer to resolution.

"We continue to liaise and cooperate with the police on other matters that we have referred to them – air quality monitoring, land purchases and making a grant to Berkeley Academy."

The former Leader of Cheshire East Council Michael Jones announced his resignation at a meeting of the Cheshire East Conservative Group in December 2015, as a result of the controversy caused by the awarding of three contracts to Core Fit with a total value of £156,000.

The contracts were awarded outside of normal contract procedure rules using a waiver notice which was signed by senior officers.

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Graham Shaw
Thursday 14th June 2018 at 7:22 am
The question is 'Will the CPS prosecute?' or will it be business as usual at CEC?

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