Folded operator Webberbus under police investigation

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An accusation of financial irregularity at the collapsed bus operator Webberbus is currently being investigated by police.

Webberbus closed down in May this year, blaming financial difficulties when it ceased operations across Somerset. Somerset County Council referred the case to the police.

An Avon & Somerset Police spokesman said: “An allegation of financial irregularity involving a transport company has been reported to our economic crime team who will be looking into the matter.”

David Fothergill, the council’s cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said: “We cannot give any detail, but I can say that following Webberbus ceasing to operate, we have referred a case to the police.

“I can also confirm that no member of county council staff has been investigated or implicated in this case. We cannot comment any further but will help with the investigation as required.”

When the company went into administration, Somerset County Council and other bus operators, such as The Buses of Somerset, stepped in to ensure the routes previously serviced by Webberbus were covered.