Joe Anderson, the Mayor of Liverpool, has been arrested on suspicion of witness intimidation and conspiracy to commit bribery in connection with a long-running police investigation into fraud in the city.
Mr Anderson, 62, has been suspended from the Labour Party pending the outcome of the police inquiries.
In a statement, Merseyside Police said five men had been arrested on Friday as part of an investigation into building and development contracts in Liverpool. Multiple sources have confirmed that Mr Anderson, who has been Mayor for a decade, was one of them.
This being one of the arguments against that power in municipal government. Any concentration of such power to make money attracts those who wish to make money.