South West Wales

Fraud claims at homeless charity are 'terminal', says boss

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Media captionChief executive Conrad Watkins believes the charity's reputation has been tarnished

The damage done to a Swansea homeless charity by fraud allegations has been described as "terminal" by its chief executive.

Conrad Watkins said the reputation of Cyrenians had been tarnished by claims, which had forced the charity into administration.

However, he said he was hopeful another organisation could provide a future for the services the charity provides.

Gwalia housing group is interested in taking over some of the services.

The head of finance at the charity was arrested on suspicion of fraud, understood to be worth £800,000, in December last year.

A 40-year-old woman was also arrested in January this year, as trustees confirmed the charity had collapsed.

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Media captionWilliam Mason described the charity as the 'first emergency service'

According to Cyrenians, the charity's accounts have been frozen as a result and staff are working without pay.

It hopes the administrator will be able to address these issues when he takes over the charity next week.

Rough sleeper William Mason said the charity had helped him and there was "always a friendly ear to talk to".

Another supporter, Kaye Thomas, added: "This place is for everybody. Without it where are they going to go?

"This place may be the only meal they have all day."

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