Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 10°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs are coming. Find out more about

Pigs Gone Wild

here.

Thetford: Colin Bloom jailed after being found guilty of stealing £63,000 from his father-in-law

15:52 30 November 2012

Colin Bloom who has been jailed for stealing from his father-in-law

Colin Bloom who has been jailed for stealing from his father-in-law

Archant

A MAN was jailed for four years after being found guilty of stealing more than £63,000 from his father-in-law.

Colin Bloom, 46, of Monksgate, Thetford, was, together with other family members, part of a live-in care team for George Richards.

Mr Richards’ son - who had power of attorney of his father’s bank account - later noticed large sums of money were missing.

The victim died in 2010 with just £400 in his bank account, despite having a regular monthly income of more than £1,000 and little outgoings.

Police said when they interviewed Bloom he admitted making withdrawals from his father-in-law’s account, but, apart from saying he was expensive to support, gave no reasons for the thefts.

Detective constable Gemma Weeks, of Norfolk police, who led the investigation, said: “The systematic draining of an elderly relative’s bank account is an extreme abuse of trust.

“This was an abhorrent crime which was rightfully reported to us so that it could be investigated extensively.”

In a statement Mr Richards’ family said: “On behalf of the family we are a very pleased that, after nearly three weeks, the trial against Colin and Dawn Bloom has now ended.

“We would like to thank, in particular, Detective Constable Gemma Weeks and her colleagues of the adult abuse investigation unit, for the considerable amount of time put in over the past year and a half to investigate the alleged offence against our father.

“At all times the professionalism of DC Weeks was of the highest order and we are grateful for her diligence and support both during the investigation and during the trial.

“The jury was meticulous in listening to the evidence and returned a verdict of guilty for Colin Bloom and not guilty for our sister Dawn Bloom, we believe that was the right verdict and we thank them for their diligence.

“This verdict in no way diminishes the standard of personal care provided to our father during the last seven years of his life, this standard of personal care was never in question.

“As a family we can now move on from this very difficult time.”

0 comments

Chris May's family: Mum Lorraine May and sisters Gemma and Charlene May.

The family of missing Chris May have said they are angered by the knowledge someone knows what has happened to him but have not come forward.

View over Sudbury showing the area that could be used for the bypass.

Preliminary work to secure a much-needed bypass for Sudbury has been praised by a Government minister.

Colchester Institute in Colchester.

A second university is to ‘open up’ in Colchester as a leading north Essex college re-brands to reflect its degree offerings.

A road/rail vehicle used to install new overhead wires at Shenfield in Essex.

If it’s a bank holiday, Network Rail must be closing the main line to London again!

Chris May's family: Mum Lorraine May and sisters Gemma and Charlene May.

The family of missing Kelvedon man Chris May have asked anyone withholding any information which might help solve his disappearance to call police and help end their “suffering”.

Photo issued by Essex Police of James Fairweather. Photo: Essex Police/PA Wire

A double murderer who killed two people in less than three months hopes to appeal his jail sentence on the grounds it is “excessive.”

The fire in Ipswich Road, Naughton was reported at 6.10pm.

Firefighters tackled a chimney blaze in a Suffolk village on Wednesday evening.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24