ShelterBox founder Tom Henderson 'to fight fraud claims'

Tom Henderson
Image caption Tom Henderson left the Helston-based charity in July 2012

The founder of the aid charity ShelterBox has pledged to fight money laundering and fraud allegations.

Tom Henderson, the former head of the Cornwall-based charity, was one of three men arrested last month.

He told BBC News he was confident there would be a positive outcome. The men were released on bail until December.

The arrests followed a search of three properties by officers from Devon & Cornwall Police's Economic Crime Unit.

Mr Henderson said: "Nobody wants these allegations against them... people can see what is going on and they will make their own judgement."

Appointed OBE

He added he was concentrating on raising awareness of his new charity, Shelter for Humanity, which aims to help people around the world recover from disasters.

It was set up in memory of Mr Henderson's wife who died in August 2012 and is staffed by volunteers, some of whom are former ShelterBox staff.

Mr Henderson founded ShelterBox in 2000 and was appointed OBE in 2010 for services to humanitarian aid.

He left the Helston-based charity in July 2012.

Police said a man, 33, from Hayle and a man, 40, from Beaminster, Dorset were arrested for similar offences.

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