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Couple suspended over sex claim

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Oldham Council has confirmed an investigation is under way

Two council workers have been suspended for allegedly having sex in an office - cheered on by a crowd of onlookers.

The couple were seen through a window of the town centre building on Cheapside in Oldham, Greater Manchester, last Friday morning.

Up to 20 people watched from outside before a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) went inside and told the couple they were being watched.

Oldham Council has confirmed two staff had been suspended.

A "full investigation" was under way, it said.

'Very concerned'

The incident, which happened at about 1020 BST, took place at the offices of the Unity Partnership, a sub-contractor for Oldham Council which provides some services on behalf of the authority.

It reportedly carried on for 20 minutes before the PCSO intervened.

Lee Robinson, managing director for the Unity Partnership, said: "We are aware of an alleged incident in Henshaw House on Friday involving two of our employees.

"The two individuals concerned have been suspended pending a full investigation.

"We do not wish to comment further since to do so would prejudice the investigation."

Jackie Stanton, deputy leader of Oldham Council, added: "We expect Unity staff to share the same values and code of conduct as council colleagues and so are very concerned about these allegations."




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