Woman is jailed after stealing money from employers in Bury St Edmunds

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A woman who stole around £241,000 from the Bury clothing company she worked for has been jailed for four years.

Liza Starling, 45, of Pilham, Gainsborough was convicted at Hull Crown Court of theft from her employer, Stuncroft Ltd when she was finance manager at its Bury offices on Moreton Hall.

The offending occurred between January 2005 and October 2012 and amounted to some £241,000.

The business had been a family run concern started in Bury St Edmunds in the 1970s but closed its operation in 2012. This was unconnected to the thefts.

Speaking after the case, Douglas Bailey, managing director of the company which operates in Goole, Yorkshire, said: “This was uncovered two years ago and it has taken two years to get to court. I am enormously disappointed and extremely sad.

“This started nine years ago and was a breach of trust. It was shocking. The 36 people working for us were also shocked and some would have known Liza for a very long time.

“I am enormously sad and there is a sense of betrayal from the staff. Our focus now is to is our customers and staff.”

Starling will be subject to a Proceeds of Crime hearing in December.

Stuncroft supplies tailored clothing for the retail market and also supplies corporate tailoring direct.

Mr Bailey said the decision to close the Bury St Edmunds office was unconnected to the thefts. It was felt that there was not the need for two offices.