Butcher Jonathan Crombie sacked over child porn

Jonathan Crombie. Pic: Toby Williams
Jonathan Crombie. Pic: Toby Williams
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THE general manager of award-winning Edinburgh butcher Crombies has been removed from the business after pleading guilty to downloading child pornography while inside the premises of the shop.

Jonathan Crombie, of the renowned Broughton Street butchers, admitted downloading the illegal images at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last month and is set to be sentenced on May 20.

The 45-year-old was reportedly caught as part a police operation to trace and apprehend users of child pornography.

In a statement today the company said his actions had “shocked” colleagues.

It said: ““Everyone associated with Crombies of Edinburgh has been shocked and distressed by this case and by the nature of the offence.

“However, the actions of one individual should not be allowed to overshadow the hard work and professionalism of the team who have made the business a success.

“Jonathan Crombie has now been removed as general manager of Crombies of Edinburgh with immediate effect and will cease to be involved in the operation of the business.

“Sandy Crombie will resume his position as general manager and will continue, with the assistance of his most able and loyal staff, to deliver the service and standards our valued customers have become accustomed to.”

Crombies was launched in 1955 by Alex – Jonathan Crombie’s grandfather – and has since won a string of awards including Scotland’s Best Butcher’s Beef Sausage. When Alex died in 1962, son Sandy took over control of the shop. He was joined by Jonathan Crombie in 1986.

The firm grew to become synonymous with quality, garnering an international reputation for its products. Crombies is promoted on the VisitScotland website and has the largest range of sausages in the country. Its products are served in top restaurants across the Capital and Scotland.