A FORMER mayor of Brent has been questioned under caution by police investigating the alleged disappearance of cash from a public office.

Councillor Bertha Joseph (Conservative) attended Wembley police station on Thursday, June 12 and was interviewed by detectives at 10am.

It is understood Ms Joseph was asked questions about the disappearance of £200 in cash which was allegedly given to her to be passed on to charity while she was mayor of Brent between 2006 and last year.

A spokeswoman for Brent Police said: "An allegation of theft was received from a member of the public on March 5.

"A woman in her 50s attended a north London police station on June 12 by appointment where she was interviewed under caution.

"Brent CID are investigating and enquiries continue."

Ms Joseph said she was not willing to comment on the allegations but added: "I've been told it is nothing for me to worry about."

Brent Council refused to comment on Ms Joseph's interview or whether they had conducted their own investigation into the matter.

The police questioning is the latest controversy in Ms Joseph's colourful private and public life.

Last month Ms Joseph's relationship with Clive Lloyd, the former West Indian cricketer was revealed by a Sunday newspaper.

The revelations followed her decision last year to cross the political floor and join the Conservatives, having served on Brent Council as a Labour councillor since 1986.

She was made mayor of Brent for the first time in 1998 and again in 2006.