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False sex club claim against Bolton councillor

Councillor Roger Hayes
Councillor Roger Hayes said his partner has been extremely upset

Police are investigating a false allegation that the leader of the Liberal Democrats in Bolton has been running a sex club from his home.

Councillor Roger Hayes has denied the claim and is being backed by both the council and the police.

An e-mail was sent to Bolton Council's planning department claiming Mr Hayes was hosting pole dancing and massage classes and other "personal requests".

Mr Hayes said: "It is unbelievable - the ceilings are too low for a start."

Bolton Council is also looking into the allegation, which was sent from an unoccupied house in the town and leaked to the media.

The local authority, which has confirmed the allegation is a hoax, is examining computers to discover who sent the e-mail.

Mr Hayes added: "I couldn't stop laughing at one point, but it's a very serious allegation to have made and totally untrue.

"As anyone who knows me and the property would verify.

"My partner was very, very upset particularly when we got reporters calling at the house unannounced on Sunday, she was in floods of tears."

Greater Manchester Police confirmed officers were meeting with Mr Hayes on Wednesday to discuss the allegation and investigate who is behind it.

Roger Hayes is acting as an agent for a fellow Liberal Democrat councillor in May's local elections.

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