Scotland Yard has halted its investigation into allegations of fraud and financial mismanagement against an elected mayor after finding no evidence of criminality.
Bangladesh-born Lutfur Rahman, mayor of Tower Hamlets in east London, will face no further action from the Metropolitan Police "at this stage".
A statement said:
The files have been reviewed by a team of officers over the past six days. In addition, officers have liaised with Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP (PwC) who are conducting a full and wide-ranging audit of financial matters at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
There is no credible evidence of criminality within the files to provide reasonable grounds to suspect that fraud or any other offence has been committed at this stage.
Therefore the MPS will not be investigating at this point in time and believe that it is appropriate for the material to be reviewed further by PwC and DCLG. We will continue to liaise with them, should their audit uncover any evidence of criminality.