Nanny stole thousands from estate aristocrats

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A NANNY who stole more than £6,000 from an heiress has avoided an immediate jail sentence.

Beatrice Dalton plundered the bank account of Lady Louisa Collings, heiress to the sprawling Goodwood estate, near Chichester.

Lady Louisa, daughter of the 10th Duke of Richmond, employed Dalton to look after her four children at her country home in Presteigne, Wales.

But she called in the police after discovering large amounts of cash missing from private accounts.

Dalton, 25, of Harbour View Road, Penarth, was found guilty of using a Barclaycard to dishonestly withdraw £6,600.

At Merthyr Crown Court in Wales, Judge Richard Twomlow said Dalton had abused the trust of the Collings family in ‘a cynical and disgraceful way’.

He imposed a 12-month custodial sentence, suspended for a year.

Dalton will also have to pay £4,800 compensation and £3,500 in costs as well as undertaking 250 hours of unpaid work.