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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Carlisle shop worker stole from employer

A shop worker admitted three charges of stealing from her Carlisle place of work.

Deborah Simpson, 44, of Flower Street, St Aidan’s, Carlisle, pleaded guilty to the thefts which occurred while she was assistant manager of the Booze Busters shop, on Furze Street.

City magistrates heard how Simpson used an electricity payment card belonging to the store for her own purpose, between June 4 and December 10, 2013.

She also stole money from a water utilities account card belonging to Booze Busters on November 30, 2013, and, between June 6 and December 10, 2013, stole about 27 packs of Health Lottery scratch cards.

Pam Ward, prosecuting, told the court that Simpson had worked for the company for 10 months. Thee area manager became suspicious of some transactions at the end of last year.

Simpson admitted the thefts immediately when questioned.

Defending, Laura Harper told the court that this was “the biggest mistake of her life”.

She said Simpson had worked at Burger King, on St Nicholas Street, Carlisle, for more than 10 years but she was forced to find another job after that closed.

The Booze Busters job paid less and subsequently led to financial difficulties, the court heard, leading Simpson to resort to pay day loans.

The court was also told there was not an exact figure placed on the thefts, but it was likely to be around £1,000.

Magistrates imposed a one-year community order including 150 hours of unpaid work. Simpson must also abide by a six-week electronic curfew between 8pm and 7am each day.

She was ordered to pay £85 court costs of £85 and a £60 victim’s surcharge.

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