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RSPCA Shropshire chairman stole £184k from charity

A former RSPCA chairman of its Shrewsbury branch has admitted a charge of fraud by abuse of position of power after he stole £184k from the charity.

Peter Ralphs, 69, admitted the charge at Shrewsbury Crown Court and will be sentenced on 11 December. The RSPCA said it was “heartbroken” at the events and that money donated to animals had been taken in this manner. Ralphs’ crimes date from between 3 November 2014 and 1 January 2017.

An RSPCA spokesperson added: “RSPCA branches are run as separate charities and rely on the hard work and dedication of volunteers supported by generous animal lovers in the community. We would like to reassure supporters that the branch continues its vital work helping animals.”

It is said that the case involved one individual from the county’s branch, which is a seperate charity to the RSPCA.

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