Nick Kavanagh
No charges were brought following Kavanagh's arrest last December

Kavanagh among five arrested by Merseyside Police

Dan Whelan

Nick Kavanagh, Liverpool City Council’s head of regeneration, was rearrested yesterday on suspicion of conspiracy to commit bribery, along with four others.

Merseyside Police did not confirm the names of those taken into custody but said the arrests were part of an ongoing investigation into bribery and corruption. 

A police statement said those arrested included 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 Downholland area of Lancashire, and a 41-year-old man from Mawdsley in Lancashire. 

A Liverpool City Council spokesperson said: “Liverpool City Council is co-operating with Merseyside Police in relation to its ongoing investigation. We do not comment on matters relating to individual members of staff.” 

Kavanagh was first arrested last December as part of a fraud investigation alongside developer Elliot Lawless. 

Both men were released on bail in March and no charges were brought. Towards the end of that month, it was confirmed Lawless was 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 the council.

Merseyside Police confirmed this morning that those arrested were still in custody.

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