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No charges after alleged scrap metal thefts at East Lancs depots
A LENGTHY probe into the alleged theft of scrap metal from council depots in Burnley and Bacup has ended with no sackings or criminal charges.
Nineteen staff at highways offices in the two towns were investigated over claims leftover materials, including iron grids and telegraph poles, had been taken home by workers.
Workforce sources insisted the practice was an ‘accepted perk of the job’ and blasted bosses for the manner in which the inquiry was undertaken.
But Lancashire County Council chiefs were adamant it was never standard practice and auditors were drafted into Burnley’s Heasandford industrial estate site and a second depot at Futures Park in Bacup.
County Hall bosses have now confirmed the probe, first revealed by the Lancashire Telegraph last October, has been wound up.
And management has confirmed that no-one has been dismissed over the ‘thefts’ - but workers have been subject to unspecified disciplinary action.
Phil Barrett, director of Lancashire Highway Services, said: “We took the allegations of theft very seriously and asked the police to investigate before carrying out our own inquiry.
“The matter has now been resolved through the county council's disciplinary procedures.
“It has never been county council policy to allow highways workers to sell on scrap metal and all relevant employees have been reminded of the procedure for dealing with such material.”
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