Pembroke comments on "unacceptable" cash burning incident

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The incident involving Ronald Coyne burning a £20 note in front of a homeless person is now subject to a University disciplinary investigation, according to a statement released today by Pembroke College.

On the College's Facebook page, the statement reads: "We are aware of an incident that took place in the early hours of Thursday 2nd February 2017. This incident has been referred to the University's disciplinary process. We cannot comment further while this process is underway."

Late last night, another Facebook post announced that comments were to be disabled on the page for a few days "to allow a period of calm reflection".

An email was also sent to all Pembroke members this evening acknowledging the scale and severity of reactions to Coyne's behaviour: "The matter has been reported widely across mainstream and social media. [The incident] is now rightly subject to a University disciplinary investigation.

"We recognise that this unacceptable incident has caused distress and outrage. Understandably there have been strong reactions. This is, however, not the time for hatred or abuse.

"As a community, Pembroke places great value on how we treat others. We have a longstanding history of respect and support for others, especially those in need. We are actively seeking practical ways to build on this continuing commitment."

The email is signed off by The Master, Senior Tutor, JPC and GPC of the College.

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