Cleaner Helps Save Wedding Day
She took more than £800 as well as items such as a mobile phone, bank and store cards. She told police officers she carried out the offences to pay towards the cost of her wedding. At North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court, Ridley, now married and living with her husband at Wilson Court, Whitley Bay, pleaded guilty to five counts of theft by employee.
Prosecutor Sarah O’Neill said the defendant had been working as a cleaner for six years’ separate incidents; she stole a BlackBerry mobile phone, five £1 coins, £30 cash and a purse containing a bank card and Boots store card. She had also twice taken money from the health centre’s petty cash tins, pocketing £790 in total.
Miss O’Neill told the court: “This was a substantial breach of trust from two different venues.”Ridley’s solicitor Stephen Moore said his client, who had now found another job, had no previous convictions.
He added: “She married in June last year. That plays a part in this offending. She says that on one occasion she stole £490 from the Shiremoor centre and on another occasion she stole £300.“That was before her getting married. All the offending is linked to that.