Cleveland Police: Further arrests in Operation Sacristy

Three people have been arrested in connection with an ongoing investigation into alleged police corruption on Teesside.

Operation Sacristy is being carried out by Warwickshire Police and involves a number of people associated with Cleveland Police Authority.

The most recent arrests are of a 46-year-old Teesside man and two men aged 65 and 35 in Warrington, Cheshire.

They have been bailed until March pending further inquiries.

Warwickshire Police said the 46-year-old was questioned on suspicion of fraud by abuse of position, corrupt practice, misconduct in a public office, money laundering, fraud by false representation and conspiracy to defraud.

The two men in Warrington were arrested on suspicion of corrupt practice, money laundering and fraud by false representation.

It brings the total number of arrests since the operation began in April 2011 to eight.

Those arrested include Chief Constable Sean Price and deputy Derek Bonnard, both of whom deny any wrongdoing.

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