COURT: Operations Manager stole £48,000 from Stockeld Park

Stockeld Park.
Stockeld Park.
  • Court heard money stolen between March 2 and April 19
  • Weeks had held post for seven years
  • Bailed for sentence at York Crown Court on June 18

An operations manger at one of North Yorkshire’s top tourist destinations stole more than £48,000 from his employer, a court heard this week.

Andrew Weeks, operations manager at Stockeld Park Estate, stole £48,280 from the attraction over a period of seven weeks.

Harrogate magistrates heard last Thursday how 27-year-old Weeks, who had held the post at the estate at Spofforth for seven years, had stolen between March 2 and April 19.

When Weeks, of Ash Road, Headingley, Leeds, pleaded guilty to theft by employee, prosecutor Jane Chadwick said the offence was viewed as a substantial breach of trust and, as such, ought to be sentenced by a judge.

Defence solicitor Geoffrey Rogers did not object and court chairman David Uffindall told Weeks his offence was considered too serious for sentence by magistrates.

Weeks was bailed for sentence at York Crown Court on June 18.