Tata steelworker suspended following cat death molten steel claims
THE Tata steelworker at the centre of animal cruelty allegations has been suspended.
The Evening Post reported on Saturday that bosses at the steelworks in Port Talbot had launched an investigation amid allegations a live cat was thrown into molten steel.
Now a spokesman for steel giant Tata has confirmed the worker has been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.
"We are investigating an alleged incident that has occurred on site," the Tata spokesman confirmed.
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"One employee is suspended pending a full investigation."
However, at this point it is an internal investigation and a spokesman for South Wales Police said they had no record of the incident being reported to officers.
It is believed the incident occurred at the end of last week.
One source told the Evening Post that the alleged incident was captured on CCTV.
It is also now understood the allegations don't centre on the cat being thrown into molten steel itself but into a vessel normally used for it.
The spokesman also confirmed the firm, which employs 3,500 at its Port Talbot base, would co-operate fully with authorities such as the police and the RSPCA if appropriate following the outcome of the internal investigation.