Police Begins Investigation on Prescott

Police have begun to investigate the claims that John Prescott might have broken anti-corruption laws by staying on the estate of a casino Mogul.

The deputy prime minister is thought to have broken the 1906 and 1916 Prevention of Corruption Acts by accepting hospitality from super casino bidder Philip Anschutz.

Anschutz is the owner of the Millennium Dome and is in the running to turn it into Britain's first super casino, a decision which will be carried out by the end of the year.

The anti corruption law states that ministers should not accept "hospitality or consideration received from a person or organisation which has obtained or is trying to obtain an official contract".

Prescott was recently reprimanded by Parliamentary standards watchdogs for failing to immediately declare his visit at Anschutz's ranch, and was much criticized for receiving his gift of a Wild West outfit.

They also said that Prescott had been found guilty of breaching the Ministerial Code, but Prime Minister Tony Blair declined to the calls for an independent investigation.

The allegation against Prescott was made by Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker. Prescott has denied playing any hand in the handing out of casino licenses or planning issues for super casinos.