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Five South Ayrshire Council employees dismissed

South Ayrshire Council has dismissed five employees following internal disciplinary hearings.

It had ordered an investigation into allegations concerning the council's waste management service, which had first come to light in late 2010.

A spokeswoman for the council said the decision to dismiss the employees had not been easy, but it could not tolerate malpractice.

She said the council had dealt with the matter robustly and effectively.

It had been reported locally that two senior employees were escorted from the council's headquarters following allegations of mismanagement, bullying and harassment.

The allegations were said to have come from workers at the cleansing department depot in Walker Road in Ayr.

David Anderson, the chief executive of South Ayrshire Council, said: "Dismissing employees is not a decision we take lightly.

"The fact that we carried out this investigation and took appropriate action shows the positive and proactive way we deal with such issues and reflects our continuing improvement as an organisation.

"The employees concerned have the right to appeal the council's decision and it would be inappropriate to comment further."

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