Crooked clerk in court after theft from bookmaker

IPSWICH: A crooked clerk at a town centre bookies is awaiting his fate today after admitting ripping off his employer by stealing thousands of pounds.

Paul Longland was employed by Betfred at its premises in Carr Street, Ipswich.

The 37-year-old, of Duke Street, Ipswich, admitted two offences when he appeared before the town’s South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court. Longland pleaded guilty to theft and fraud by abuse of position.

The theft charge related to a sum of just over �5,800 in cash, which he was alleged to have been stolen from the bookmaker.

The fraud allegation was alleged to revolve around bets worth in the region of �23,000 that were said to have been placed then voided.

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The charge is understood to relate to April 8 this year.

It is understood that at the time Longland was employed as a cashier at the bookmakers.

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He was arrested and charged at Ipswich police station of April 25.

Longland pleaded guilty to both of the charges laid against him at his first court hearing.

The case has now been sent to Ipswich Crown Court.

No date has yet been set for Longland’s sentencing.

As the magistrates’ court hearing drew to a close, Longland was released on unconditional bail until his appearance at crown court.

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