Investigation complete into video of alleged bribe involving Leeds Council official

Leeds Council has revealed the findings of its investigation
Leeds Council has revealed the findings of its investigation
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The findings of an investigation into a video which appeared to show a taxi driver discussing bribing a Leeds Council official have been revealed.

Leeds Council said it found no evidence to 'substantiate or support' claims that a man had tried to pay £500 to a member of the council's Taxi Private Hire Licensing Team.

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A Leeds City Council spokesperson said:

“Leeds City Council takes any allegations of this nature extremely seriously, which is why we immediately opened an investigation into these specific claims that were made by a Leeds taxi driver. Following a thorough and robust investigation by the council’s audit team, no evidence to substantiate or support these allegations was found. A separate independent investigation undertaken by West Yorkshire Police also reached the same conclusion.

“Our taxi licensing staff work diligently to provide a high class service to both members of the public and the industry as a whole, and it is disappointing that their reputation has been called into question by what has proved to be a baseless accusation.”

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "Leeds District CID looked into allegations relating to Leeds City Council’s Taxi Private Hire Licensing following a request from the local authority.

"There was no evidence found and the investigation was finalised."