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ShelterBox founder Tom Henderson withdraws unfair dismissal claim

Tom Henderson
Image caption Tom Henderson, who founded the ShelterBox charity in 2000, was later awarded an OBE

A man found not guilty of defrauding the charity he created has withdrawn a claim for unfair dismissal against it.

ShelterBox founder Tom Henderson was cleared of conspiracy to commit fraud in December after the Old Bailey jury failed to reach a verdict.

The 65-year-old from Helston, who always denied the allegations, was sacked by ShelterBox four years ago.

HM Courts and Tribunal Service confirmed the employment tribunal case had been closed.

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Mr Henderson has been unavailable for comment, but a statement from ShelterBox said: "Tom Henderson has withdrawn his claim for unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal and made a payment to ShelterBox in respect of costs."

Mark Nicholson, a spokesman for the charity, declined to explain or expand on the statement.

Mr Henderson founded ShelterBox in 2000 and was later appointed OBE.

The charity uses large green boxes to provide a tent and emergency supplies - including cooking utensils and water purification tablets - in areas hit by natural disasters or humanitarian crises.

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