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father stole cash from employer to keep himself afloat
A HARD-UP father who stole thousands of pounds from his employers told police after his arrest that he was struggling with bills and Christmas was coming up.
Neil Heslop worked as a retail and catering manager for a company which had a contract to run a cafe and trolley service at a hospital in Middlesbrough.
Teesside Crown Court heard yesterday that the 34-year-old, from Stockton, altered cash sheets and receipts to pocket between £10,000 and £15,000.
His lawyer, Andrew Turton, told the court that Heslop was desperate to keep hold of his home because it was familiar and stable for his autistic son.
Mr Turton described the thieving as "a desperate attempt to stay afloat" and said: "The driving force was to keep a discipline place f the boy.
"What started out as a borrowing exercise, escalated beyond his control and he could not stop taking the money. He was never in a position to repay it."
Heslop, of Ilderton Road, Stockton, admitted theft and was given a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for a year, with a three-month curfew.
Prosecutors say he stole £15,330 but he claimed the total - taken from DCS Multi-Serve between January 2011 and January last year - was nearer £10,000.
The company was contracted to run cafe, news shop and trolley services at Roseberry Park Hospital, and Heslop was one of just two key-holders for the safe.
Prosecutor Sue Jacobs said: "He manipulated the figures for the shop and the cafe and took the difference. He created details which didn't reflect reality."
Mr Turton told Judge George Moorhouse: "Although he initially denied involvement in the matter, very quickly he realised the game was up and made admissions."
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