Kavanagh released pending investigation 

Liverpool City Council’s head of regeneration Nick Kavanagh and four other people have been released from police custody pending further enquiries, after being arrested on suspicion of bribery and corruption.

The five people arrested last Thursday as part of an ongoing investigation that started in December include Kavanagh and four unnamed individuals: a 51-year-old man and 45-year-old woman from the Cressington area of Merseyside; a 56-year-old man from the Knowsley area; a 34-year-old man from the Downholland area of Lancashire, and a 41-year-old man from Mawdsley in Lancashire, according to a statement from Merseyside Police. 

The statement did not name the individuals. All five people have been released without charge but the probe continues. 

Kavanagh was first arrested last December alongside developer Elliot Lawless, founder of the Elliot Group, as part of the investigation into suspected fraud. 

Both Kavanagh and Lawless were released on bail in March and no charges were brought. Towards the end of that month, Lawless was confirmed as no longer on police bail. 

In April, the High Court ruled that a search of Lawless’ home shortly before his arrest had been unlawful.  

Kavanagh has reportedly been suspended by Liverpool City Council. The council declined to comment on the matter. 

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