Finances probe ongoing

POLICE inquiries are continuing into the finances of the Hartlepool local government branch of union Unison.

A national audit uncovered “anomalies” in the town branch, as reported by the Hartlepool Mail in November.

Two months on, the probe is continuing with police confirming they have spoken to one woman in connection with the investigation but not made any arrests.

The Mail reported that the audit uncovered “anomalies” in the account registered to the Hartlepool branch, based in council offices in Church Street, believed to be thousands of pounds.

After an internal investigation threw up “serious concerns”, union chiefs called in police.

Today, a Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “One woman has been spoken to voluntarily.

“We haven’t made any arrests and inquiries are ongoing.”

A Hartlepool Unison Local Government spokesman said: “Unison is fully co-operating with the police investigation.”