Police investigation launched in to missing ‘Leverett’ fund

CASH collected in memory of a Rawmarsh soldier who died in Afghanistan has gone missing.

Money that was donated over a period of time to a collection pot at the Total Garage on Rawmarsh Hill is now subject to a police investigation.

It is understood a woman has been questioned over the matter but a police spokesman said there have been no arrests made at this stage.

The funds gathered in the name of fallen hero soldier James Leverett should have been presented to his mother Sharon or another member of his family to use as they wish, the Times was told.

But the fact that this had never been done only came to light when a contributor spoke to the family about the donations.

The woman, who did not wish to be named, said: “People are justifiably angry about this and want to know where the money has gone.

“It’s upsetting to think anyone would steal money that local people have donated for a worthy cause”.

South Yorkshire police confirmed that enquiries are ongoing with ‘officers working closely with the owners of the garage’.

A spokesman for Total garages said the company would not comment while an investigation is underway, but added that their general policy is to support named charities nationally, one of which is currently kids’ cancer charity Clic Sargent.

Royal Dragoons guard James Leverett, who lived at St Nicolas’ Road, died last year when the army vehicle in which he was travelling was blown up by a roadside bomb in Helmand province.