Christchurch Parish Councillor Hannah Poole, who admitted theft and drug offences, and her father both resign

Parish councillor Hannah Poole

Parish councillor Hannah Poole - Credit: Archant

A parish councillor who admitted stealing more than £1,000 from the tills of an Ely supermarket where she worked has resigned along with her father from a council.

Hannah Poole, 23, of Green Lane, Christchurch, a member of Christchurch Parish Council, stole between £1,700 and £2,200 from a till at Sainsbury’s, in Lisle Lane.

Her father, former council chairman Wes Poole, has also resigned his post.

Appearing at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court on December 30, Poole pleaded guilty to a charge of theft by employee.

She also pleaded guilty to a second charge of possessing a Class B drug after being found with 0.72 grams of MDMA on November 17 last year, in Wisbech.

Poole was released on unconditional bail by the court while sentencing reports are prepared. She will return on January 20.

The vacancies are confirmed on Fenland District Council’s website. However, in accordance with the Local Government Act, since the resignations are within six months of the May 7 elections, their positions will remain vacant until then.