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Charity chief in theft probe

PUBLISHED: 16:14 09 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:49 03 March 2010

SUFFOLK'S chief air ambulance fundraiser Richard Green has been arrested on suspicion of theft, the Evening Star can reveal today.

Police today confirmed that a 47-year-old from Yoxford was arrested on September 29, in connection with an alleged theft.

SUFFOLK'S chief air ambulance fundraiser Richard Green has been arrested on suspicion of theft, the Evening Star can reveal today.

Police today confirmed that a 47-year-old from Yoxford was arrested on September 29, in connection with an alleged theft.

He was bailed to appear at Leiston Police Station on November 19, and was today unavailable for comment.

Air ambulance general manager Kate Lewis confirmed that Mr Green left the job at the end of August.

But she declined to comment about the circumstances which surrounded his departure, as an investigation is currently underway.

Earlier this year, Mr Green from Yoxford was promoted as the new face of Suffolk fundraising for the air ambulance charity.

The former advertising seller's mission, was to raise as much cash as he could by travelling across the county, to keep the vital new service that Suffolk had launched, airborne.

Funding for the air ambulance is separate from the East Anglian Ambulance Trust's finances, and needs to cover the £850,000 bill of flying the helicopter full time.

Mr Green, who lives at Yoxford, started the role of Suffolk fundraising coordinator at the end of January - taking to the road soon after the helicopter took to the skies.

Money flooded in, including sponsorship from the Automobile Association, and Mr Green told the Star in May how contributions from the public were crucial.

His target was to raise £15,000 a month - enough to keep the helicopter flying for one day a week.

He told the Star in May that it had been 'no problem whatsoever' getting people to give donations - which sometimes stretched into thousands of pounds a time.

But meanwhile the air ambulance charity shop in Orwell Place, Ipswich folded when it couldn't attract enough volunteer workers.

The post of Suffolk fundraising coordinator has now been filled by Andrew Caldecott, who began work based in Bury St Edmunds on Thursday .

C Evening Star 2001.

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