Accountant jailed over £250,000 charity fraud

An accountant who defrauded a charity out of £250,000 to fund a "lavishlifestyle" has been jailed, police said.

Paul Cooper, from Sheffield, transferred the quarter of a million pounds in 40 transactions to his personal and business accounts from the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) in Matlock, Derbyshire, where he worked.

He was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison at Derby Crown Court on Tuesday, Derbyshire Police said.

Officers said Cooper spent the money living a "lavish lifestyle, includinghigh powered cars, luxury holidays and livery fees for horses".

Detective Constable Paul Hackett said: