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Women jailed for defrauding youth football league

Two women have been jailed for defrauding a youth football league out of more than £160,000.

Karen Prictor and Margaret Rivers funded lavish lifestyles by abusing their positions at the North Wiltshire and District Youth and Minor Football League. The pair fraudulently siphoned off £166,000 for themselves over four years.

Karen Prictor was handed four years behind bars Credit: Wiltshire Police

47-year-old Prictor, from Toothill and the league's treasurer, received four years for fraud by abuse of position and money laundering.

Margaret Rivers was handed two years and four months behind bars Credit: Wiltshire Police

While 55-year-old Rivers, from Swindon, and the general secretary, was handed two years and four months for the same.

Motivated by their greed, Karen Prictor and Margaret Rivers defrauded the Football Association out of approximately £166,000.

Even after her passport was seized, Karen Prictor lied on an application to obtain a new passport and booked to go on a luxury holiday to Mexico when she was due in court.

The money they fraudulently siphoned was taken from a not-for-profit organisation which could have been used to help fund activities for the hundreds of local children involved in the league in and around Swindon.

– Clive Read, Fraud Investigator

The youth league is one of the country's largest, with 360 teams of seven to 18 year olds competing across 40 divisions.

The last stand at Ashton Gate is about to go

The Williams Stand is being demolished to make way for the transformation of Ashton Gate Credit: ITV News

The demolition crews are at work again at Ashton Gate stadium in Bristol.

This time they're tearing down the Williams' stand in the next phase of rebuilding Bristol City's football ground.

Taking down the 60-year-old stand is part of the £45 million transformation of the stadium.

Once finished, it will become the largest conference and events venue in the South West.


Bristol City FC open top bus tour confirmed

Open top bus tour will take place on Bank Holiday Monday Credit: Bristol City FC

Bristol City FC are holding an open top bus tour on Bank Holiday Monday to celebrate this seasons success.

The team are the Sky Bet League One champions and have secured promotion to the Championship after beating Bradford City earlier this month.

Two buses will carry players and staff from Ashton Gate at 12.30pm and head through North Street and Bedminster towards the centre.

After passing through Redcliffe, the bus will park at the Lloyds Amphitheater at around 2pm for a short presentation.

For a full route map click here.


Bristol City fans celebrate winning the League One title

Bristol City have secured the League One title.

The Ashton Gate club only needed a point after nearest rivals Preston could only draw at Port Vale last night.

And City's 0-0 stalemate with Coventry this afternoon was enough to secure their first league title in 60 years.

Our Sports Correspondent, Matthias Kurth, reports from Ashton Gate:

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