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Penrith man found not guilty of £1,600 Ladbrokes “theft”

[A] MAN accused of stealing £1,600 from bookmaking giant Ladbrokes has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

Robert Dennis Hughes had denied the alleged theft, which was said to have occurred while he was working as a customer service manager for the company in Penrith last September.

Mr Hughes, aged 28, vehemently protested his innocence and was due to go on trial at Carlisle Crown Court later this year.

However, the case resolved today (THURS). During a short crown court hearing it was announced that Ladbrokes had concluded it “couldn’t say for sure” whether money was stolen, nor whether Mr Hughes had been responsible.

As a result Judge Peter Davies found Mr Hughes, of Penrith, not guilty of the theft charge. Judge Davies requested a written explanation and assurances from Ladbrokes.

Lawyer Mark Shepherd, representing Mr Hughes – a man of good character – said in response: “He is glad that this is over.”

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