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Tuesday, 2 October, 2001, 07:32 GMT 08:32 UK
Expense fraud inquiry ends
Doncaster County Hall
The police operation has cost thousands of pounds
A four-year police inquiry into alleged corruption at Doncaster Council has been completed.

Twenty one former councillors have been convicted of expenses fraud since South Yorkshire Police launched Operation Danum in 1997.

It was established to investigate the so-called Donnygate scandal surrounding events at the local authority.

Police said they expected to make no further arrests in connection with the investigation, which is believed to have cost tens of thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money.

Financial irregularities

Twelve people are still facing trial at Nottingham Crown Court charged with a variety of offences in relation to an alleged planning scandal at the authority.

The police investigation began in March 1997 after the district auditor became concerned about possible financial irregularities.

South Yorkshire Police was asked to examine Doncaster Council records relating to expenses claims.

Detective Chief Superintendent John Hudson said: "This has been a protracted, detailed inquiry, undertaken by a dedicated team of officers who have been given every assistance by Doncaster Council.

"The inquiry team's investigations into the alleged false expenses claims are now complete but a few remaining cases have yet to be heard and considered by the courts.

"With this in mind, it would be unwise to go into any more details other than to say that the police operation has now concluded."

Doncaster Council leader, councillor Martin Winter, said: "This announcement is welcomed as this will help citizens to rebuild confidence and trust with the new leadership team now firmly in place.

"Although the council has lived under the shadow of this inquiry we have learned from the past and moved forward."

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