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Ex-worker at Woburn Safari Park 'seen as troublemaker'

An ex-member of staff at Woburn Safari Park in Bedfordshire claimed at a tribunal hearing he was seen as a "troublemaker".

Dr Paul O'Donoghue is suing Bedford Estates for constructive dismissal after he left his job in December 2009.

He told the hearing on Tuesday that he had not felt supported by his line manager "because he did not want me in my job".

Woburn Safari said it rejected claims he had been forced out of his job.

Dr O'Donoghue, of Ellesmere Port, told a tribunal panel at Bedford: "There was a perception that I was a troublemaker, that I was a problematic employee, and I believe it was for raising issues."

He added: "I felt my line manager was unsupportive to me, because I raised a grievance, and the grievance revolved around health and safety."

The park is owned by the Duke of Bedford and visited by more than 500,000 people a year.

The hearing was adjourned until Wednesday.

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