Northampton council boss and chief legal advisor interviewed by police over Cobblers loan debacle

The chief executive of Northampton borough council and the borough secretary have been interviewed under caution by police in relation to the missing Sixfields millions, the BBC claims.

Tuesday, 27th June 2017, 5:46 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 11:50 am
David Kennedy has been interviewed by police over his role in the Sixfields debacle 'under caution', the BBC has reported.

Council boss David Kennedy and Frances Fernandes, the authority's legal advisor, have reportedly faced questions over their role in the debacle in recent days.

BBC Radio Northampton has claimed both men were interviewed 'under caution', which effectively means the interviewee can choose not to say anything.

Northampton Borough Council loaned Cobblers £10.25 million to complete a stadium development between 2013 and 2014.

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However, the stadium was never completed and the various probes have tried to establish exactly how the money was misspent.

A police investigation was launched in November 2015, but to date only former club chairman David Cardoza has been arrested in connection with the inquiry.

He remains on police bail.

Mr Kennedy, who gave a public apology for his role in drawing up the loan agreement afte a damning audit report was released last year, is currently on sick leave.

A borough council spokeswoman said the authority would not comment on an ongoing investigation.

A police spokesman has neither confirmed or denied the two men have been interviewed under caution, as reported by BBC Radio Northampton.

He said: "Northamptonshire Police are independently collecting evidence and investigating a wide range of matters concerning the grant, use and loss of Northampton Borough Council public funds‎.

"This search for the truth includes both making arrests and interviewing a wide range of individuals across many organisations. It should be noted that these interviews include both potential witnesses and suspects, and no assumptions should be drawn at this stage.”