Ex Co-op bank boss Paul Flowers arrested over drugs scandal

Former Co-op bank chairman Paul Flowers was last night arrested in connection with a “drugs supply investigation”.

West Yorkshire Police said that the 63-year-old is being questioned at a a police station in West Yorkshire following allegations he bought and used illegal drugs.

Flowers, a Methodist minister ,was filmed allegedly paying £300 for cocaine and discussing buying other illegal drugs.

He was suspended by both the church and the Labour party after the allegations.

In a statement, West Yorkshire Police said: “Officers have… arrested a 63-year-old man in the Merseyside area in connection with an ongoing drugs supply investigation.

“He has been taken to a police station in West Yorkshire where detectives will continue their enquiries.”

Flowers quit the banking group in June after his competency at the job was questioned. He has also been told to return £31,000 to the bank,

“When Paul Flowers relinquished his responsibilities in June, it was agreed, as per his contractual obligations, that his fees for the rest of his period of office would be paid,” the bank said in a statement.

“Following recent revelations, the board stopped all payments with immediate effect and no further payments will be made.”

Co-op boss was suspended by drug charity for “£75,000 false expenses claims”

Co-op chairman Len Wardle quit earlier this week over the Flowers drugs-use claims.

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