Operation Sheridan statement

Official statement from Lancashire County Council

"We note police have announced that three former senior members of staff and the former leader of the council have been summonsed to appear in court as part of an ongoing police investigation into historical alleged incidents of misconduct involving Lancashire County Council and other organisations.

"We have, of course, been cooperating fully with the police throughout the investigation, which relates to allegations from many years ago. None of those summonsed still work for Lancashire County Council. Lancashire County Council is focussed on our future, not the past, and our priority continues to be providing the vital, everyday services that the people of Lancashire rely on.

"As this is now in the hands of the courts we cannot make any further comment at this stage."