Store boss admits theft

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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THE manager of a Co-operative store has admitted stealing £7,500 from the company.

Thirty-five-year-old Michael Clarke took the money over a 10 month period, Blackpool magistrates were told.

Clarke, of Homestead Drive, Fleetwood, was bailed until Monday, January 7, so probation reports can be prepared on him.

The court heard the offence involved “a gross breach of trust”.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, told the hearing that an internal investigation by the Co-operative shop revealed there were irregularities in the branch’s accounts.

Ms Smith said: “This was a gross breach of trust over a 10 month period.”

Patrick Nelligan, defending, said the father-of-two admitted the offence.

He had started to take small amounts of money from the company when he fell into financial difficulties.

Mr Nelligan had intended to put the money back before it was noticed.

The lawyer told the court that with help from his parents the £7,500 had been repaid.

Mr Nelligan said his client admitted what he had done when investigators at the Co-operative store discovered the irregularities.

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