A NORTH-EAST mayor has been arrested over claims of indecency with a 15-year-old girl.

Chartered accountant Chris Morgan, 33, was questioned by detectives on Monday after being arrested at his home.

Mr Morgan, who was elected Mayor of North Tyneside last May, was bailed while investigations continue.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "A man in his 30s has been arrested and questioned in connection with allegations of indecency involving a 15-year-old girl."

Mr Morgan, who lives with his wife, Nikki, in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, is the country's only Conservative elected mayor. He is paid £50,000 a year.

Mr Morgan's solicitor, Tony Hatfield, said: "I can confirm my client has been questioned by police over allegations of indecent assault. He is fully co-operating with the police.

"He has not been charged with any offence. He strenuously denies the allegations which have been made against him. He will be continuing in his role as mayor of North Tyneside."