Cheshire East Council can confirm that concerns about allegations of manipulated air quality data have been referred to Cheshire Constabulary. This is a result of the council’s ongoing work to address these concerns thoroughly and transparently.
In addition, the council has referred concerns about allocation of public funds in making a grant to Berkeley Academy and also concerns about land purchases to the police.
Police have now confirmed that they will be investigating.
Councillor Rachel Bailey, Leader of the Council said: “It is vital that these serious matters are dealt with fully and that if there has been any wrongdoing it is exposed. While a police investigation is a serious matter, I would like to reassure residents that the council itself has brought these matters forward in order to put things right.
“We will ensure that council services continue to be delivered to the high standards that residents have come to expect.
“As these matters are now subject to criminal investigation, we are unable to give more information at this time.”