St John Ambulance suspends employee after media claim

Charity would not confirm the employee's identity
Charity would not confirm the employee's identity

A St John Ambulance employee has been suspended amid claims that he used a blue light on his car to get home quickly from work.

The Sun newspaper reported today that the person in question was Chris Thornton, the charity’s regional director for the East Midlands, although St John Ambulance declined to confirm the person’s identity.

A St John Ambulance spokeswoman said an investigation was taking place.

She said: "We can confirm that we have suspended an employee in the East Midlands, in accordance with our normal HR practices, to allow an investigation to take place. Suspension is a neutral act, and while the investigation is ongoing we are unable to comment further."

The Sun last week featured the charity on its front page after it claimed that the agency Wesser International, which was carrying out fundraising for the charity, had been targeting elderly people and taking taking a large proportion of donations as commission.

The charity said last week that it had suspended work with the agency while it investigated the newspaper’s claims.

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