A THIEF who stole £4,000 from Shipston Proms has been ordered to pay all the money back.
Layla Perry was found guilty at Warwickshire Magistrates Court of taking the cash from the kitty of the town’s annual music festival in 2015.
The 33 year-old, of The Green, Little Wolford, was given a six month suspended sentence when she appeared in court on April 11, and also ordered to compete 150 hours of unpaid work. She also has to pay £4,000 in compensation to Shipston Proms
Committee members contacted police after discovering some funds from the big final night of the popular event had not been paid into the Proms account.
PC Craig Purcell, who worked on the case, said: “I’m lucky to work in a town which has such an excellent community event every year.
“The Proms committee came straight to see me when they realised there was an issue and we were able to quickly work together to secure evidence.
“I’m happy to see a conviction provided on the very first court appearance date and encourage everybody to support the 2017 Proms.”
The Proms – which have been running for 18 years – are organised solely by volunteers and and are held each summer.
This year they will take place on June 16 to July 1 in the town.
Visit www.shipstonproms.org to find out more.