Driver on theft charge

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A Blackpool Transport driver will appear before the courts this month over allegations he stole nearly £17,000 from the company’s staff benevolence fund – The Blackpool Gazette reported.

Police launched an investigation after staff union representatives discovered the cash was missing from the account for the Unite Benevolence Fund.

A 52-year-old man has now been summoned to appear at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court on September 12 to face allegations of theft.

Financial investigators were drafted in to help the police with the inquiry and they have now submitted a report.

A police spokesman said: “A 52-year-old man has been reported for summons for an alleged offence of theft. “Back in March he was interviewed on a voluntary basis. As a result of that he has then been reported for summons. The alleged offence is theft between January 1, 2004 and October 6, 2010. It relates to a figure of nearly £17,000.”