Sacked League Against Cruel Sports worker held in fraud probe

The former head of campaigns and communications at the League Against Cruel Sports has been arrested on suspicion of fraud.

Steve Taylor, 35, was sacked by the charity on Tuesday for gross misconduct following a disciplinary investigation concerning expenses claims.

The Surrey-based animal rights charity said it passed its documents to Surrey Police and the Charity Commission.

Mr Taylor was arrested on Monday and released on bail until 10 January.

'Co-operating with police'

A spokeswoman for Surrey Police said: "A man has been arrested on suspicion of fraud after Surrey Police received concerns regarding financial irregularities at an organisation based in Waverley.

"The 35-year-old man from Saltash, Cornwall, was arrested today and has been released on bail pending further inquiries to return to Guildford police station."

The League Against Cruel Sports spokeswoman said: "We do take a zero tolerance approach to any wrongdoing and for this reason we are co-operating fully with the police in their investigations."

The charity said Louise Robertson would take on the role of head of campaigns and communications following Mr Taylor's departure.

In a statement, the Charity Commission said: "The charity the League Against Cruel Sports has contacted the Charity Commission to inform us of concerns in relation to financial matters within the charity.

"Based on the information given by the charity, we are satisfied that the trustees of the charity are dealing with the matter appropriately and reviewing any relevant policies and procedures in this area".

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