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Woman's hell at being branded a thief

PUBLISHED: 19:27 03 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:36 03 March 2010

A WOMAN who was accused of dipping her fingers in the till has spoken of her relief after charges she faced of theft were dropped.

Bosses at Morrisons in Sproughton Road, Ipswich, accused garage till worker Nichola > Chatfield of stealing nearly £100 cash from the company.

A WOMAN who was accused of dipping her fingers in the till has spoken of her relief after charges she faced of theft were dropped.

Bosses at Morrisons in Sproughton Road, Ipswich, accused garage till worker Nichola > Chatfield of stealing nearly £100 cash from the company.

The 24-year-old denied taking the money but was still dismissed from her job following a disciplinary hearing. In August, three months after being accused, the Crown Prosecution Service dropped charges against her and now Miss Chatfield, of Holly Road, Kesgrave, is starting to rebuild her life.

Suspicious bosses searched Miss Chatfield on May 4 following several occasions of tills being low on money. They found £110 and said the till she was working on was £93 short of cash.

The police were called and Miss Chatfield was arrested.

She said: "I was really upset and really jarred off when they arrested it me, it was very embarrassing in front of all my mates.

"I was taken to the station in a police car and put in a cell for two and a half hours."

Miss Chatfield, who has now started working in a pub and for an agency, said she was relieved when the charges were eventually dropped.

She said: "I have proved some people wrong. My best friend has been behind me all the way and knows I couldn't have done that."

She added that she had enjoyed her job at Morrisons – where she had been for eight months – before being dismissed for "breach of till procedures and breach of trust."

She added: "It was a relief when everything was dropped, I knew I was not guilty but some people thought I was.

"I have lost out on a lot of money from all this and I couldn't claim compensation because I wasn't there for a year but I'm now starting to get back on track."

Miss Chatfield was accused of taking £93.96 from the garage till at 7am on May 4. She was told she had been caught on CCTV cameras.

However Miss Chatfield refuted the allegations and said that she had won the money on slot machines and at bingo on the previous night.

After being charged Miss Chatfield had to appear at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court. The case was dropped by the crown prosecution service in August.

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