Court verdict for Ely store worker and former Fenland parish councillor who stole from supermarket tills

Parish councillor Hannah Poole

Parish councillor Hannah Poole - Credit: Archant

A former parish councillor who admitted stealing more than £1,000 from the tills of an Ely supermarket where she worked has been ordered to carry out community service.

On Tuesday, magistrates in Cambridge sentenced Hannah Poole to 120 hours of unpaid work and ordered her to pay £1,700 in compensation to Sainsbury’s.

She was also ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.

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

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


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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.

Earlier this month, Poole and her father, former council chairman Wes Poole, resigned from their post on the parish council.

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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.

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