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Jailed: the parish clerk who stole £56,000 to fund gambling addiction

Joanna Sharp Credit: Cambs Police

A PARISH clerk who stole more than £56,000 to fund her gambling addiction has been jailed.

Joanna Sharp, 28, cashed and wrote herself cheques totalling £56,756 between April 1, 2010 and May 22, last year, while working for Alconbury Parish Council.

The court heard Sharp had spent thousands on various gambling websites after the family had fallen on hard times. She had repaid some of the money.

Sharp, 28, previously of Alconbury, admitted fraud at Peterborough Crown Court and was jailed for 12 months on Thursday (March 6).


Planning approval for enterprise campus

Plans for a new building on the Alconbury Enterprise Campus, have been given the go ahead by Huntingdonshire District Council.

Known as The Incubator the building will provide flexible space for small and start up businesses who want to be part of the new development at Alconbury Weald.

An architect's impression of the new building

The design includes space for networking and business support, as well as the benefits of business rate reduction and superfast broadband which come with being in the Enterprise Zone.