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Engineer arrested in harassment probe

A CIVIL engineer was this week waiting to hear the outcome of police investigations into allegations that he harassed Environment Agency staff.

Ex-Agency flood engineer Michael Ryan was arrested last week by West Mercia Police following complaints that he had harassed Agency managers he claims are 'bullies'.

Ryan claims there has been a culture of bullying management at the Environment Agency.

The Agency complained to the police that three managers in its Leeds laboratory had received abusive faxes and e-mails from November to January this year.

Ryan's arrest is the latest twist in his crusade against the Agency following his dismissal in November 1997 after more than a year off work due to stress.

He claims he was left unable to work because of bullying from his line manager and an unreasonable workload. He has been seeking compensation for loss of earnings. The Agency rejects his claims.

Police confiscated Ryan's lap top computer and four boxes of disks. Ryan is due to report to Shrewsbury Police Station on 3 March.

An Agency spokesman said this week: 'We made a complaint to West Mercia Police last month regarding a number of harassing faxes and e-mails. We've been assisting the Police and British Telecom with their investigation.'

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