A HARTLEPOOL councillor has been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.
Labour councillor Angie Wilcox, who represents the Manor House ward, was originally arrested and bailed in February over allegations she stole two bedside cabinets.
When the 50-year-old reported to Hartlepool Police Station yesterday to answer bail, she was rearrested in connection with the new allegation.
She was again bailed without charge while inquiries continue.
The theft claim arose following a dispute with her former landlord dating back to October 27 last year when Coun Wilcox moved from Fenton Road to a new house in Grange Avenue, Hartlepool.
The mum-of-one, who said at the time her name had been “dragged through the mud”, claimed she had done nothing wrong and described the allegations as “totally unfounded”.
Coun Wilcox, who is elected until 2015, is a former Brierton School pupil who has worked in the voluntary sector for 30 years and is the manager of Manor Residents’ Association.
Her current council responsibilities include being vice chair of children’s services scrutiny and the south and central neighbourhood forums and a member of scrutiny co-ordinating committee and adult and community services scrutiny forum.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said yesterday: “A 50-year-old woman from Hartlepool arrested in connection with theft has been rearrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.”