Cardiff council waste management staff arrested on suspicion of fraud
Seven Cardiff City Council staff working in the waste management department have been arrested on suspicion of fraud, it has been reported.
South Wales Police arrested eight people last week (14 February) on the charges, with all released on bail as the investigation continues.
Speaking to Wales Online, which broke the news, Conservative Welsh Assembly Member for South Wales Central and Leader of the Opposition, Andrew RT Davies said: “Residents from across Cardiff will be extremely concerned about the ongoing investigation – which apparently relates to the waste management department. Very few details have been released – other than that eight arrests have been made and all have been released on bail. Any allegations of fraud are especially serious – and it is vital the council co-operates fully with the police.
“This comes at a time when the council is looking to raise council tax by as much as five per cent – and this development will do nothing to improve local people’s confidence in the system. It is vital proper investigations are carried out – and that the situation is clarified as soon as possible.”
Meanwhile, the council’s Liberal Democrat group took to Facebook to call the news ‘concerning’, adding in a statement: ‘We are confident the council will act with transparency in providing the police and, in due course, the public with any information they need.’
Cardiff City Council has been contacted for comment.