Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Police Probe Kids' Charity Allegations

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Police Probe Kids' Charity Allegations

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Byline: IAN JOHNSON ian.johnson01@trinitymirror.com @Ian_johnsongaz

A TEESSIDE charity which helped poorly tot Bradley Lowery is now at the centre of a police investigation.

"Concerns" were previously aired to a watchdog over the running of Hartlepool's Red Dreams.

Now Cleveland Police says it is looking into allegations of false accounting at the charity, created by Dawn and Ian McManus in memory of their son Kyle, who died aged just 16 from a brain haemorrhage.

The couple were ordered to leave the good cause's Whitby Street HQ by trustees after the Charity Commission announced it was looking into the concerns.

Speaking about the latest development, Dawn McManus confirmed she had spoken with Cleveland Police.

"We are just waiting for them to make a decision to see if it goes any further," added Dawn.

The performing arts organisation reopened with "limited service" after the trustees were brought in last month.

It came just days after a Facebook post announced it would close until further notice, with tearful Dawn telling The Gazette: "It's over". …

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