25 July 2008 | Jake Kanter
Former officials from Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council are under police investigation over how contracts were awarded in 2006.
South Yorkshire police confirmed it had begun a probe after an Audit Commission report, published in May, revealed there was "potential breaches of contract procedure rules" in August 2006. The police would not confirm how many officials were involved.
A police statement said: "Following a complaint made to South Yorkshire Police an investigation has been launched concerning the awarding of contracts at Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council involving former officers of the council referred to in the recent Audit Commission public interest report. The investigation is in the early stages and it would be inappropriate to comment further."
The report recommended the council implement revised procedures for performance management of the managing director. Paul Hart, the current MD, said in a statement: "The Council must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to respond to the issues raised in the report and to support the strong measures needed to tackle those issues."