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Woman stole £6,000 from grant given to youth club so she could pay off her car tax

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Woman stole £6,000 from grant given to youth club so she could pay off her car tax
Theresa Taylor was labelled greedy and dishonest by the judge (Picture: SWNS

A youth worker stole more than £6,000 from a grant that had been given to the youth club she ran to pay off her own car tax.

Theresa Taylor, 38, denied stealing from the Folly Youth Club in Long Lawford, near Rugby, but was found guilty last month.

A man has died and a woman has been left critically injured after a collision following a police pursuit on the A50. The man's vehicle collided with another vehicle on the eastbound side of the dual carriageway, between Baths Road and Trentham Road near Longton, Staffordshire, at around 6.15am. A woman, who was travelling with the man who died, was taken to hospital where she is in a critical condition. The occupants of the second vehicle were also taken to hospital, but had suffered only minor injuries.Man dead and woman in critical condition after A50 police chase crash

She was handed a suspended prison sentence for the theft on Friday, with the judge calling her greedy and dishonest. She was only spared jail because she has a young daughter, the judge said.

Warwickshire Justice Centre, in Leamington Spa, heard that Taylor helped set up the club in 2012, which she ran alongside two other women.

In 2015, Folly obtained a Development Fund grant for £10,000 for improvements to the building and running costs.

General view of the Warwickshire Justice Centre in Leamington Spa.
She was sentenced at Warwickshire Justice Centre in Leamington Spa (Picture: PA)

In the space of seven months, between October 2015 and April 2016, Taylor stole a total of £6,438.85 by regularly withdrawing cash from the Folly account for sums of £100 to £500 at a time.

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The money was used to make direct debit payments to her car tax.

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When the mother-of-one was caught, she tried to put the blame on an innocent trustee of Folly, which stands for Focus on Long Lawford Youth.

During sentencing, Judge Richard Griffith-Jones told her: I have indicated already how I much abhor the despicable way in which you conducted your defence. It leaves you with not a shred of credit.

Nor do I take into account the delay, which is all your fault. You lied. You, for reasons of greed and dishonesty in a position of trust, stole money which should have gone for the benefit of the local youth.

Taylor was saved from going to jail only for the sake of her young daughter, the judge told her.

He sentenced her to 12 months in prison suspended for two years and ordered her to do 180 hours of unpaid work.

Theresa Taylor pictured outside court. See News Team story NTIFRAUD; A ???greedy and dishonest??? youth worker systematically stole more than ??6,000 from the youth club she ran after it had been awarded a grant to pay for improvements. And when she was caught, lying Theresa Taylor tried to put the blame on an innocent trustee of the youth club ??? which a judge at Warwick Crown Court heard has since closed down. Taylor (38) of Prentice Close, Rugby, had denied stealing from the Folly Youth Club in Long Lawford, near Rugby ??? but was convicted after a trial last month. But following an adjournment for a pre-sentence report to be prepared on her, she was saved from going to jail only for the sake of her own young daughter. Instead Taylor, who had helped set up the club in 2012, was sentenced to 12 months in prison suspended for two years and ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work. The court heard she ran the Folly, which stands for Focus on Long Lawford Youth, with two other women, and in 2015 they obtained a Development Fund grant for ??10,000 for improvements to the building and running costs. She called on the assistance of William Clemmy from the Warwickshire Association of Youth Clubs, and he got Methodist minister Rev Clive Fowle involved, as co-trustees.
Taylor pictured outside the court (Picture: SWNS)

It is a bitter irony for me as a judge, and for the public, that your disservice to the local youth is linked to the best piece of mitigation, your daughter, the judge said.

It is her youth which means I am not going to pass an immediate sentence. If it was not for that, you would have gone down those stairs for 12 months.

The youth club has since been shut down.

Prosecutor Ian Windridge told the court: I dont think her actions would have precipitated its failure, but they affected its ability to function, because it didnt have the funds it should have had.

It is a breach of a high degree of trust, and her defence was blaming a wholly innocent trustee of the club.

Defending Sarah Holland said: Clearly she was convicted after a trial, and is not entitled to any credit, but it is a sentence which is capable of being suspended.

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A custodial sentence would have an effect on Taylors young daughter, who has been brought up almost exclusively by her, and was not aware of the proceedings.

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Woman stole £6,000 from grant given to youth club so she could pay off her car tax

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Woman stole £6,000 from grant given to youth club so she could pay off her car tax
Theresa Taylor was labelled greedy and dishonest by the judge (Picture: SWNS

A youth worker stole more than £6,000 from a grant that had been given to the youth club she ran to pay off her own car tax.

Theresa Taylor, 38, denied stealing from the Folly Youth Club in Long Lawford, near Rugby, but was found guilty last month.

A man has died and a woman has been left critically injured after a collision following a police pursuit on the A50. The man's vehicle collided with another vehicle on the eastbound side of the dual carriageway, between Baths Road and Trentham Road near Longton, Staffordshire, at around 6.15am. A woman, who was travelling with the man who died, was taken to hospital where she is in a critical condition. The occupants of the second vehicle were also taken to hospital, but had suffered only minor injuries.Man dead and woman in critical condition after A50 police chase crash

She was handed a suspended prison sentence for the theft on Friday, with the judge calling her greedy and dishonest. She was only spared jail because she has a young daughter, the judge said.

Warwickshire Justice Centre, in Leamington Spa, heard that Taylor helped set up the club in 2012, which she ran alongside two other women.

In 2015, Folly obtained a Development Fund grant for £10,000 for improvements to the building and running costs.

General view of the Warwickshire Justice Centre in Leamington Spa.
She was sentenced at Warwickshire Justice Centre in Leamington Spa (Picture: PA)

In the space of seven months, between October 2015 and April 2016, Taylor stole a total of £6,438.85 by regularly withdrawing cash from the Folly account for sums of £100 to £500 at a time.

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