Bribery probe into Rolls-Royce

The Serious Fraud Office has opened a criminal investigation into bribery and corruption allegations at Rolls-Royce.

The disclosure comes a year after Rolls said it was co-operating with the SFO after its own investigations identified matters of concern involving intermediaries in overseas markets.

Rolls-Royce has major sites at Derby and Bristol. Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Archive

It followed a request for information from the SFO about allegations of malpractice in Indonesia and China.

The group, which employs around 45,000 people worldwide, appointed veteran lawyer Lord Gold last year to review the company's compliance procedures in the wake of the claims.