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Walkington Pre-School moves to reassure parents

Walkington Pre-School has moved to reassure parents in the wake of a recent court case involving the theft of a large sum of money by a former volunteer treasurer.

Hull Crown Court heard that mother-of-two Helen Peel, of Beverley, had admitted stealing £32,000 from the Pre-School between March and December 2017. She had pleaded guilty to theft at an earlier hearing at Beverley Magistrates Court.

The court heard that Peel had become heavily in debt after the breakdown of her marriage. Judge Mark Bury suspended an eight-month jail term for 12 months and ordered her to complete a rehabilitation order and carry out 120 hours of unpaid work.

In a statement on its website, Walkington Pre-School said: “We can confirm that our former treasurer has appeared in court with charges relating to theft from the pre-school. We would like to assure parents that this did not involve any of our pre-school staff and has never been a safeguarding issue for the children.”

It continued: “Since identifying historical issues relating to pre-school finances, we have been assisting the police and have taken immediate action to protect the future of pre-school. While future fund-raising efforts will now be vital to help regain our financial security, we would like to again assure parents that pre-school will continue to operate as normal.”