Employee cashed in scratchcards he stole

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A MAN who won more than £700 on stolen lottery scratchcards has been told to carry out unpaid work.

Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court heard George Davies, 23, took the cards while working the night shift at a service station in Hayling Island.

Davies, of Westfield Avenue, Hayling Island, pleaded guilty to one charge of theft by employee and one of fraud.

Prosecutor Graham Heath told magistrates: ‘The defendant has clearly taken advantage of his position there.

‘He’s cashed the cards locally, although not in this service station, which may have roused suspicion all the quicker.’

He added: ‘It may well be that Camelot wish to pursue the defendant in a different court.’

Magistrates heard Davies had taken the cards from the counter, moved out of range of CCTV and scratched off the cards to see if he had won.

The court heard Camelot, which runs the card scheme, said Davies had won £732.

Davies was in debt at the time of the offences, carried out between October 2 and October 18 last year, the court heard.

Magistrates’ chair Jane Crawford imposed a 12-month community order, told him to pay £300 in compensation and do 70 hours’ unpaid work.