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JJB boss from Cheshire found guilty of £1m fraud

Christopher Ronnie, 52 Credit: PA

The former chief executive of JJB Sports, from Cheshire, has been convicted of accepting more than £1 million in backhanders from suppliers.

Christopher Ronnie, 52, was found guilty of fraud during his time at the sportswear giant in 2007 and 2008.

The businessman from Wilmslow, who did not give evidence in his own defence, was convicted of three counts of fraud, and two of furnishing false information after a trial lasting more than eight weeks.


Man 'burnt to death' in factory oven accident

Alan Catterall, 54, from Runcorn Credit: Cheshire Police

A court has heard that a man from Runcorn died after being severely burnt in an industrial oven in 2010.

Alan Catterall, who was 54, became trapped when a worker turned the oven on without realising he was inside.

The factory operators Pyranha Holdings Ltd face a charge of corporate manslaughter and health and safety charges.


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