Northern Ireland

Stephen Philpott: Ex-chief executive of USPCA released on bail

Stephen Philpott, the chief executive of the Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Image caption Stephen Philpott had a high profile and spoke out regularly about animal cruelty

The former chief executive of the USPCA, Stephen Philpott, who was arrested by police investigating an allegation of fraud has been released on police bail.

A 52-year-old woman - also arrested on Wednesday morning - has been released.

The PSNI said both had been freed on police bail pending further police inquiries.

The pair were questioned at Banbridge police station.

Earlier, in a statement, a USPCA spokesperson said: "We became aware of suspected irregularities in our organisation and passed the information on to the PSNI for investigation.

"We will continue to offer every assistance to the PSNI whilst they carry out their inquiries.

"We thank our members and the public for their continued support at this time."

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