Animal cruelty charity's former head released on bail in fraud probe
The former head of an animal cruelty charity who was arrested by detectives investigating alleged fraud within the organisation has been released on bail.
Stephen Philpott, the 53-year-old ex-chief executive of the Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (USPCA), was detained along with a 52-year-old woman in the Newry area of Co Down on Wednesday morning.
They were questioned at Banbridge police station.
Both were later released on bail pending further police inquiries.
In a statement, the USPCA 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."