Former pub manager admits stealing takings

The former manager of a Greetland pub has avoided prison after admitting stealing cash from the takings.

Paul Eastwood confessed to taking the money when questions by Travellers’ Rest owner Sandra Craven - but it was later discovered that stock valued over £3,500 was also missing from the Stainland premises.

The thefts came to light in March and on Monday, Eastwood, of Green Lane, Greetland, appeared for sentence before a judge at Bradford Crown Court.

The 29-year-old, who had no previous convictions, admitted two charges of theft.

Prosecutor Ewan McLachlan told Recorder Michael Smith that Eastwood had stolen just over £1,300 from the takings. Eastwood had also admitted a theft allegation in relation to the missing stock.

When Eastwood was challenged by the pub owner he explained that he had been struggling with his finances and had been taking out money and repaying it.

During a police interview Eastwood said he felt ashamed of what he had done.

Ken Green, mitigating, conceded that it was a breach of trust case and his client could not complain if he was sent to prison. Recorder Smith said he had no doubt that Eastwood was thoroughly ashamed to find himself standing in a crown court dock. But added he was prepared to take an exceptional course and impose a 12-month community order as a direct alternative to custody.

Eastwood will have to comply with a 30-day activity requirement and 150 hours’ unpaid work. The judge decided not to make any order for compensation and costs against Eastwood because of his financial circumstances.