Cleveland Police have confirmed they are investigating financial irregularities at Hartlepool Football Club
Cleveland Police have told Police Hour that the investigations are at an early stage.
It is believed that no arrests have yet been made in relation to the investigation and that the club reported the issue to police themselves.
Breaking @ClevelandPolice confirm they are investigating financial irregularities at Hartlepool Football Club.
— Police Hour (@PoliceHour) February 7, 2018
Cleveland Police and Hartlepool Football Club both released a statement confirming the investigation. .
The news comes as HMRC has issued a fourth winding up petition against Hartlepool United in 18 months over an unpaid tax bill.
HMRC’s decision to issue a petition had given Pools until Wednesday, 21 March to pay a sum in the region of £48,000 or risk being wound up at the High Court.
This money is believed to have been agreed to be paid tomorrow morning with funds from a Just Giving appeal set up to save the Club.
Hartlepool United has released a statement saying “There is a report circulating regarding a police investigation in to financial irregularities at the Club.
“It should be clear that whilst the Club cannot discuss details of the investigation, the reality is that the police are responding to a request by the Club and nobody currently involved at Hartlepool United is the subject of any investigation.”
Hartlepool United is now fully focussed on exploring various expressions of interest which, whilst the financial challenges in the short term are obvious, must be subject to a process which protects Hartlepool United for the long term.
The investigation concerns people who are no longer with the club.