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Sussex company bookkeeper jailed for £117k fraud

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A woman who stole nearly £117,000 from a business has been jailed.

Lynn Boakes was hired as a bookkeeper at a steel company in West Sussex in 2013 and was responsible for the payroll.

The 47-year-old began taking regular sick days towards the end of 2016 despite posts on social media showing her shopping or on holiday.

A judge at Hove Crown Court jailed Boakes, of Sea Lane, Pagham, for three years.

The company’s director began searching archive payroll documents and discovered that between October 2014 and April 2017 Boakes overpaid herself by a total of £13,462.

Further investigation discovered she had also diverted £103,450.26 of her employer’s funds into her personal bank account that had been disguised by using a fake company name.

Boakes was immediately suspended from the company, the director informed Sussex Police and her work computer was seized.

On this computer a job reference for a job application for her husband was found.

The reference falsely stated David Boakes, 54, had worked for the steel company for two years and it had been signed by a fake employee ‘Janet Young’ – Boakes’s actual middle and maiden names.

Boakes pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud in July while her husband admitted one charge of fraud and was given a conditional discharge.

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Hove flats fall death: Nicola Redman's family pays tribute

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A mother of two killed in a fall from the seventh floor of a tower block was “vibrant and loving”, her family has said.

Nicola Redman was pronounced dead at the scene at Clarendon House, Clarendon Road, in Hove, on Saturday morning.

A 52-year-old man arrested on suspicion of her murder remains in custody for questioning, Sussex Police said.

“Life is not going to be the same without her,” 33-year-old Ms Redman’s family said in a statement.

“Nicola was the life and soul of the family,” the statement said.

In a separate statement, her son said: “She was a joyful, kind-hearted and beautiful mother who will be greatly missed.”

Ms Redman, of Monument View, Brighton, and the arrested man were known to each other, the force said.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has been notified, as Sussex Police had had recent contact with the man and woman.

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Rare olive ridley turtle found injured off Seaford beach

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A rare turtle has been rescued off the south coast by two women who were out swimming.

The injured olive ridley turtle, usually found around Mexico or the Canaries, was spotted 20m off Seaford beach in East Sussex.

Emma Holter and Lisa Glandfield brought the female reptile to shore and saw she had injuries to her face and shell.

They called the British Divers Marine Life Rescue who took the turtle to Brighton Sea Life centre for treatment.

The last time this endangered species was found in British waters was in 2016 off the north coast of Wales.

Corrine Gordon, a vet specialising in marine animals, said: “She does have some damage but her injuries are not life threatening.

“However, it is a big concern that she only had a temperature of 10.8C when picked up. She is in cold shock.

“We are really hoping she survives.”

Size of Jack Russell

Once the juvenile turtle is at a more natural temperature for her breed, it is hoped she will be able to feed, Ms Gordon added.

Nettie Glandfield was with her mother Lisa when the reptile was brought from the water.

“We thought she may be dead, but every now and then she would make a small movement,” she said.

“The beach was windy, so we wrapped her in a wet towel to keep her a bit warmer, and sheltered, until the vet arrived.

“She wasn’t very big, about the size of a Jack Russell, and she’s so far from home.”

The turtle weights 2.5kg and is less than half a metre in length. Olive ridley’s usually grow to about 1m in length.

Its name derives from the generally greenish colour of its skin and shell.

Dr Sky Yates, who helped with the rescue and confirmed the markings and colour were consistent with the olive ridley breed, said: “It was so bizarre seeing this turtle on Seaford beach.

“She’s got a long way to go with recovery, but the ladies who pulled her from the water did a great job.”

The Sea Life centre in Brighton has been contacted for a comment.

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