The shop manager who worked in B&M Bargains in Southport for almost 20 years was caught after stealing £11,500 worth of Lottery scratchcards.

Michael Fay who is aged 40 pocketed at around 1,100 National Lottery scratchcards from the B&M Bargains on Lord Street store over a six month period to fuel his gambling addiction.

Fay broke down in tears at his trial as Judge David Aubrey, QC, spared him jail. Instead he was given a 10-month jail sentence, suspended for two years. He must also carry out 200 hours of unpaid community work as well as repaying £9,365.

Derek Jones who was prosecuting said that Fay took the scratchcards between May 2014 and January this year. He said the cards were kept in a back room which only Fay had access to. Fay then distributed them to the kiosk in the store after which they were given back to him at the end of a day.

Fay was caught out in January when a worker noticed something was wrong when she was handed the bundle as some were missing. She informed head office and an investigated was launched. Footage from CCTV showed Fay leaning over the holdall containing the scratchcards, before leaving with a bulging pocket.


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