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Police called in to investigate finances at Hartlepool United

The National League side said it had called in police themselves.

Police are investigating “possible financial irregularities” at Hartlepool United Football Club.

Fans of the former Football League side – now in the fifth tier of the game – have held fundraisers as it struggles with serious financial problems.

Hartlepool United released a statement saying it was the club that called in the police and no-one currently at the club was under investigation.

A Cleveland Police statement said simply: “Enquiries are on-going into possible financial irregularities at Hartlepool Football Club.”

The football club also denied it had received a winding-up order from HMRC, but said its liability will be settled on Thursday morning from money raised on the Just Giving site.

The statement said: “This has been made possible by the fantastic fund-raising efforts of Hartlepool United fans and the wider football family.”

In relation to the police investigation, the club said: “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.”

The National League side continues to look for a buyer, it said.

The statement said: “Meanwhile our efforts are fully focused 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.”

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