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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Failed Ulverston landlord who stole from pub could be jailed

A FAILED Ulverston landlord who stole thousands of pounds of equipment from the pub he ran to ease his financial woes before fleeing has been told he could face jail.

Thomas Steven Henderson, of Maple Street, Barrow, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft in Furness Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Henderson, 29, admitted stealing a touchscreen till and printer worth £1,860, from the Grapes, in Market Street, Ulverston, along with a 50in TV, an oven, hob and work surface, bar stools and drinks optics work more than £900.

The thefts took place sometime between July 1 and October 24 2013.

Mr John Appleby, prosecuting, said: “Mr Henderson was working as a publican and he took over the Grapes.

“In February 2013 he took it over with an agreement with the brewery.

“However, financially matters did not work out in his favour and in October the regional manager went back to the pub and Mr Henderson had vacated the premises and had removed several items from the pub.

“These items had been sold.”

Mr Appleby told the court Henderson had no previous convictions prior to ransacking the Grapes, which is owned by Thwaites.

Mr Sean Harkin, defending, said his client had been going through financially difficulties.

He added: “He made the wrong decision of trying to sell these items and due to his financial troubles he had to leave the pub.

“He is not working now and he is in further financial difficulty at this moment in time.”

The case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

Following Henderson’s departure the pub remains closed.

Magistrates told Henderson he should be prepared for jail time for the offences.

Mr Gary Ormondroyd, presiding magistrate, said: “This is an all options report and our starting point is a custodial sentence.

“This is a medium level offence with a high degree of breach of trust.”

Henderson will appear in Furness Magistrates’ Court on April 29 for sentence.

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