South Shields gambler pleads guilty to theft charge

An electrician from South Shields has made a nuisance of himself as he stole materials from his employer. Ian Atkinson sold the items and used the proceeds to fund a gambling problem. He has been ordered to a six-month jail term, wholly suspended. Atkinson is also scheduled to serve 200 hours of community service

Handing in his notice

Gambling addictionAtkinson admitted in court the theft of multiple items, totaling £3,000. The embezzlement took place in 2013, and came to a light when a supervisor noticed a huge discrepancy. Atkinson decided to resign as he had no valid explanation for the missing materials.

Gambling addiction under control

The embezzlement had a huge impact on the business, and has resulted in intensified control. Additionally, the theft has damaged the name of the company. Atkinson was gripped by the gambling epidemic, which resulted in huge debts, according to court records. The 37-year-old man from South Shields claimed that he now has more control over his gambling habit.
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