Tyne & Wear

Homeless veterans centre worker arrested over gift card

A member of staff at a homeless war veterans centre has been arrested on suspicion of stealing a £50 gift voucher intended for a former resident.

Northumbria Police arrested a 47-year-old man after a report of a theft from a package sent to the Norcare centre in Bentinck Road, Newcastle.

Officers said they had been looking at CCTV footage of vouchers being spent.

Norcare chief executive Susan Bickerton said it was "working closely with the police" to assist with enquiries.

"We are carrying out our own internal investigation and we have suspended a member of staff pending the outcome of the investigation," she said.

Norcare runs a residential and outreach centre for homeless ex-servicemen and women on Bentinck Road as well as other services for offenders, drug and alcohol users, people with mental health problems and victims of domestic violence.

A veteran who had moved out of the centre said he discovered a birthday card containing a £50 voucher had been sent there by his father.

When the centre could not produce the package his father contacted police.

The arrested man has been bailed pending further enquiries until 22 April.

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