Published: 00:01, 10 March 2014
A school has launched an internal investigation into allegations a popular sports teacher committed fraud.
Steve Restarick, 42, a former professional footballer who is now head of PE at Maidstone Grammar School, is understood to be the subject of the inquiry.
The former Maidstone United coach, who played once in the Football League as a forward for Colchester United, has been suspended from his post while the claims are examined.
A Maidstone Grammar School spokesman said: "There is an internal investigation under way at the school. Therefore we are unable to comment further at this stage."
The claims have also been reported to police.
A Kent Police spokesman confirmed it had received an allegation of fraud.
They added: "An officer is currently investigating and carrying out inquiries in connection with this."
Mr Restarick was player-coach at Maidstone United after playing for a series of clubs, including a successful spell at Chelmsford City.
He later returned to Maidstone for a spell as coach from 2006.
Mr Restarick is listed as head of department on the school's website.
It says of the sport at the Barton Road site: "We as a department are very proud of the sporting traditions at Maidstone Grammar School.
"All students are offered the opportunity to take part in both competitive and non-competitive sports.
"We have a fantastic sporting reputation and have won numerous trophies at national, county and district level in a diverse range of disciplines."
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