I am pleased that the costs of Operation Sacristy will be supported by central government and not directly by the people of Cleveland. However, it is still tax payer’s money that will be used to meet the significant costs of an investigation that has now run for over two years and yet appears to have no end in sight.
More top news
The pair defrauded Durham County Council out of nearly £100,000 but were given suspended sentences.
Gascoigne is alleged to have sent abusive tweets, text messages and telephone calls to Amanda Thomas in March this year.
The Black Cats are attempting to find their seventh permanent boss since the Irishman's departure.