POLICE have launched an investigation into former Worcestershire County Council leader Dr George Lord over an alleged historical sexual offence.

A spokesman for south Worcestershire police confirmed that they are investigating a complaint made on Monday by a woman regarding an alleged sexual offence by a man who your Worcester News understands to be Dr Lord.

It is understood the complaint dates back about 30 years.

The investigation is not linked to complaints of inappropriate sexual behaviour made against Dr Lord by five female members of staff at County Hall.

Dr Lord, aged 78, resigned as leader and a councillor as a result of the allegations which he is understood to deny.

A police spokesman said: “As this is now an ongoing police investigation no further information will be given at this stage."

Despite repeated attempts, your Worcester News has been unable to contact Dr Lord.

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