Shopworker stole due to gambling issues, court told

Court news.
Court news.

A shopworker stole hundreds of pounds in cash because of a gambling addiction, a court has been told.

Lesley Hardy, 26, of James Avenue, Skegness, admitted three offences of stealing money from her employer, Home Bargains in the Hildreds Shopping Centre, totalling £700, in December 2014 and February 2015, when the shortages were discovered by a manager.

It was said that Hardy, who was in a junior management position, had no previous convictions.

Probation officer Barbara Newman told the court last Tuesday that Hardy had got lonely when her partner worked nights and had started gambling in the arcades.

She said she had since sought help with her addiction.

Imposing a 12 month community order, Deputy District Judge Appleyard told Hardy: “The greatest punishment for you is that you’ve lost your good name.”

She was also ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work for the community and to pay £85 in costs and a £60 victim surcharge.