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Police are investigating claims of fraud at an animal welfare charity

Police are investigating claims of fraud at an animal welfare charity

Police are investigating claims of fraud at an animal welfare charity

Police are investigating allegations of fraud made against the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS).

Andy Knott, the charity’s former chief executive, claimed the animal welfare organisation’s fundraising was misleading.

Knott recently submitted an application to the labor court against the charity, claiming he was unfairly dismissed and that LACS did not pay him for his three months’ notice period and did not send his P45 for 10 weeks.

The former CEO also claims the Labor Party “interfered in the charity’s strategy and operations”, including through its former chairman Dan Norris.

Norris is now the Labor MP for North East Somerset and Hanham after defeating Jacob Rees-Mogg.

Police involvement

Surrey Police confirmed they had received a report and were looking into the allegations.

A Surrey Police spokesman said: “We received a report of alleged fraud offenses on 10 June.

“An investigation into these allegations is ongoing and inquiries are ongoing.

“We are unable to comment further on this matter at this time.”

Civil Society understands that the police have not been in contact with the charity about these allegations.

A spokesman for the charity said: “The league is governed by rules which ensure we are apolitical in every aspect of our work, which means in practice we ask all parties the same thing – to help us protect animals of persecution through so-called sport. .

“We reiterate that the League is aware of certain statements made by a former staff member, but cannot comment further due to safeguards protecting all current and former staff data.

“Our focus remains on lobbying the new government to properly ban hunting by eradicating loopholes in the current law, banning trail hunting and introducing custodial sentences for those caught hunting illegally.

“We are working hard with our dedicated supporters and many coalition partners to see this change made as soon as possible after the election.”

Knott said: “This is not a hunting issue, but rather one of trust in charities. Supporters and donors to any charitable cause expect their money to be used for the purposes promoted, to the exclusion of anything else.

“They expect charities to be honest about what they have achieved and what they know is beyond their reach or beyond them, and in the case of the League, what they have sacrificed at the altar of political interference.”