Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Snookered, the League Thief ; Secretary Took Pounds 1,500 End-of-Season Bash Cash Judge Blasts 'Serious Breach of Trust'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Snookered, the League Thief ; Secretary Took Pounds 1,500 End-of-Season Bash Cash Judge Blasts 'Serious Breach of Trust'

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APOOL league secretary who stole members' subs totalling more than Pounds 1,500 has been electronically tagged and ordered to pay the money back.

Stephen Platt was responsible for collecting Pounds 25 per month from members of Droylsden Pool League to pay for an end of season party.

But players became suspicious when they were unable to get hold of him and called in the police.

The 44-year-old, of Buttermere Road, Ashton, admitted the theft of Pounds 1,680 between September 2011 and April this year.

He apologised for his actions and told officers: "Yes, I did have the money and I wanted to pay it back."

Platt, who is unemployed, represented himself when he appeared at Tameside magistrates' court.

He said: "I got myself into a bit of financial difficulty.

I thought I would be able to pay it back immediately."

But District Judge Jonathan Taaffs e told him the theft was 'a serious breach of trust. …

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