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Shildon Railway Institute treasurer admits taking £10,000 in club funds
THE treasurer of a club’s holiday group has admitted stealing almost £10,000 from members’ savings just days before they were to travel to Spain.
Martin Taylor told police he had actually taken £11,000 from the Shildon Railway Institute Club’s Touring Group, but some of it had been his own money.
The 48-year-old of Scott Street, Shildon, County Durham, admitted stealing £9,711 from 16 people between January 1 and September 10 this year when he appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court.
Prosecutor Alan Davison said the crime was discovered when Taylor wrote a note to another club member saying he had “done something bad”.
Taylor then made full admissions to the club member who contacted police, the court heard.
Mr Davison said the club allowed members to make regular payments into a holiday fund which would then be saved up for the next trip away.
They would give the money to Taylor every Sunday whose responsibility it then was to place it in the club’s safe, the court heard.
Mr Davison said Taylor would also have to keep a record of who had given him what and when so everyone knew exactly how much had been paid.
On September 9 this year, three days before the group were due to fly from Newcastle to Benidorm in Spain, Taylor wrote his confessional note.
In his police interview, Taylor said he stole the money to give to his brother who was in danger of losing his house.
Magistrates, who can only award a maximum of £5,000 compensation, said the case was too serious for them to deal with.
Taylor was given unconditional bail to appear at Durham Crown Court in the week commencing Monday, November 25.
It is understood that the cost of the five-day holiday had already been paid in full, the money Taylor had taken was being saved up for spending money during the trip.
One club member, who asked not to be identified, previously told the Northern Echo that members had been saving up for nine months for the trip.
The member said: “This is absolutely disgusting and it leaves a sour taste.
"I never would have believed that this would have happened. "The club has run for more than 20 years and this has never happened before.”
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