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Clerk admits stealing £18,000 from five parish councils including Pointon and Helpringham

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A parish clerk has admitted stealing over £18,000 from five parish councils in Lincolnshire.

Paul Adrian Illingworth (64) pleaded guilty to five charges of theft when he appeared at Lincoln Magistrates Court by video-link today (Friday, October 2).

Illingworth, of the Old School, Church Lane, Scredington, near Sleaford, admitted the following charges:

Lincoln Magistrates' Court (35292250)
Lincoln Magistrates' Court (35292250)

1, Theft of £1,926.90 from Pointon and Sempringham Parish Council, near Bourne.

2, Theft of £12,138.03 from Ropsley and District Parish Council.

3, Theft of £2,130.90 from Helpringham Parish Council, near Bourne.

4, Theft of £2,490 from Carlton Scroop Parish Council.

5, Theft of £201 from Old Somerby Parish Council.

All the theft offences occurred between 1 June 2015 and 30 June this year.

District Judge Peter Veits committed the case to Lincoln Crown Court for sentence on a date to be fixed.

The judge told Illingworth: "Clearly this case is too serious to remain in this court.

"This is clearly fraud over a period of time from parish councils who trusted you with their accounts."

Illingworth was granted bail until he is sentenced.

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