Monthly Archives: February 2016

Inside A Patholological Shoplifter’s Mind

BBC News carried an interesting story of one woman’s compulsion to shoplift – which has dominated her life over a 20-year period.

For Laura – not her real name – it all began at the age of seven, when a friend’s parent asked her to hide items in her pocket while out shopping.

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£50k Shoplifted From Maidstone

Kent Online reports that more than £50,000 of goods were stolen from shops in Maidstone town centre over two years.

Between December 2013 and November 2015, items worth £55,299.39 were shoplifted from some of the town’s main shopping areas, with over a third taken from just one shopping mall.

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Cook Stole School Dinner Money

Wales Online reports that a school cook stole nearly £6,000 of pupils’ dinner money to pay off her debts.

Joanne Helsby had debts of nearly £30,000 and “pocketed” the cash pupils paid for school meals instead of paying it into the bank account of her employer, catering company Chartwells.

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Fraudster’s Fake Army Record

A fraudster from Worksop told a court he had served with the army and was forced to leave for health reasons.

But neither he, nor his defence team, were able to provide any proof of his army career, or any acceptable evidence of his problems, according to the Worksop Guardian.

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Greggs Worker Stole Over £10k

Website Your Local Guardian reports that a man who stole more than £10,000 from Greggs has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Ivan Manojlovic pleaded guilty to stealing £10,550 while working at the Cobham Services branch of the pastry chain in September 2014.

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Employers Still Not Checking

An article on OnRec – The Online Recruitment Resource – claims that 38% of UK employers still don’t check whether their potential staff have the ‘right to work’ in the UK, according to a new study, which also claims that only 58% of organisations conduct any background checks on new hires.

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