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Banking assistant jailed for stealing over half a million pounds

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A banking assistant who stole more than half a million pounds from wealthy clients has been jailed yesterday.

Timothy Brooks (born 24/01/1972) of Stanley Avenue South, Prestwich pleaded guilty to 17 counts of fraud by abuse of position.

Tuesday 4 March 2014, Brooks was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square to two years in prison.

Brooks was an employee of Lloyds TSB Banking Group working in the private banking division in Manchester, who was responsible for managing the accounts of wealthy customers.

Other employees at Lloyds discovered that Brooks had been transferring money from 17 clients’ accounts within the private banking division to his own accounts, via the accounts of his family members.

Representatives at Lloyds TSB Banking Group reported the allegations to police in July 2013 and an investigation was launched by officers from GMP’s Economic Crime Unit, who searched Brooks’ home.

In total, the fraudulent withdrawals made from the customer accounts since September 2007 totalled more than £573,730.

Detective Constable Beth Colbourne from GMP’s Economic Crime Unit said: “Brooks completely abused his position and the trust that was placed upon him by both his employers and his clients, to steal more than half a million pounds from the accounts of his customers.

“However, Brooks’ deceit was uncovered by his colleagues and the police were brought in to investigate him and today he has rightly been put behind bars.

“However, Brooks’ deceit was uncovered by his colleagues and the police were brought in to investigate him and today he has rightly been put behind bars.

“Brooks thought he could get away with his illegal activities, but he was wrong. Let this serve as a warning that any fraudulent activity will always be uncovered in the end, and you will be made to pay for your actions, ruining not only your life and causing distress to all those that you have stolen from, but devastating the lives of your family too.”Timothy Brooks

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  1. John Devere

    Mar 5, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Wow 2 years that’s well worth it lol hope he got it safe or spent

  2. John Devere

    Mar 5, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Wow 2 years that’s well worth it lol hope he got it safe or spent

  3. Jayand Jade Dillon

    Mar 5, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    2 and a half years for £500,000? shit i wanna be a banking assistant. id do them 2 and a half years willingly lol

  4. Kev Powell

    Mar 5, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    He’s done orite there then lol

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Man hunt as women attacked by stranger in London believed to be suffering mental health crisis

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Update: Arrested on suspension of attempted murder.

Police urgently want to speak to Joe Xuereb who is wanted after a stranger attacked two women, they are both fighting for their life.

Joe Xuereb must not be approached he is highly dangerous, after an unprovoked random attack on two women in the street.

The two women are fighting for their lives after being attacked in the street by a stranger, and Joe Xuereb is currently a suspect and wanted by police in relation to the incident.

Xuereb is believed to have been suffering from serious mental health issues and members of the public should not approach him he is aged 27 and from Greenwich, southeast London.

The women were targeted in a “horrific” attack in Adderley Gardens in Greenwich on Sunday.

Officers were called at 12.10pm to find the victims, aged 30 and 64, suffering from injuries “consistent with a violent assault”.

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Dangerous prisoner fails to return after attending family funeral

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Police are appealing for help in tracing a Hollesley Bay prisoner who has absconded.

34-year-old Aaron Johnson was reported missing to police at 11.15pm  last night, Friday 17 August,.

Johnson had been granted a special purpose temporary licence to attend a funeral yesterday but failed to return to the prison as arranged. He was last seen in West London.

Johnson is serving a 9 year sentence for robbery, wounding and assault.

He is described as black, 6 feet tall, of medium build, and had a beard. He was wearing a black jacket,  blue jeans, white t-shirt and trainers.

Members of the public are advised not to approach him.

Anyone who believes they may have seen Aaron Johnson or who has any information regarding his whereabouts, is asked to contact Suffolk Police on 101 quoting CAD 480 of 17 August.

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Scott Findlay subjected young mother to harrowing sex attack & punched her while she cradled 6-week-old baby

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A MAN who raped a young mother and repeatedly punched her as she cradled a six-week-old baby in her arms has been jailed.

Scott Findlay subjected his victim to a “prolonged and harrowing” attack in front of her two young children.

Today, at York Crown Court, Judge Simon Hickey sent the 27-year-old, from Ferryhill, in County Durham, to prison for 15 years for offences including rape, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and threats to kill.

The court heard that the victim pleaded with Findlay, who was armed with a kitchen knife, for her children to be prevented from seeing the attack.

Speaking after sentencing, Detective Constable Katrina Meisuria, of Durham Constabulary’s Safeguarding Unit, praised the victim for her courage in giving evidence.

She said: “Scott Findlay subjected his victim to a prolonged, harrowing and violent attack in front of her two young children.

“It took great bravery by the victim to provide evidence at court reliving those events again.

“There is no doubt these crimes have had a life-changing effect on the victim and her children, but the conviction will provide the family with the opportunity to move forward”.

In a statement released through the police, the victim said: “This has been an extremely difficult time for me and my family.

“The incidents occurred only six weeks after the birth of my daughter who was in my arms as Scott Finlay repeatedly punched me about the head and my seven-year-old looked on in terror begging for him to stop hurting his mammy.

“No child should ever have to witness such an attack”.

She added: “My family and I are pleased with the outcome and relieved it is finally over and we can move forward to rebuilding our life”.

After a four-day trial at Durham Crown Court in May, a jury found Findlay guilty of three counts of rape, one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one count of making threats to kill.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and criminal damage.

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