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Man, 77, accused of stealing more than £14,000 from church in Sneinton while treasurer charged with fraud and theft at Nottingham Magistrates' Court

A 77-year-old man accused of stealing more than £14,000 from a church while he was treasurer has been charged.

John Broughton appeared at Nottingham Magistrates' Court charged with two offences of fraud by abuse of position and three offences of theft.

The charges relate to incidents at St Cyprian's Church in Sneinton in September 2016 and between January 2018 and 2020.

St Cyprian's Church, Sneinton. Google Maps.
St Cyprian's Church, Sneinton. Google Maps.

It is alleged Broughton stole money in excess of £14,000 when acting as the treasurer of the finances of the church.

John Broughton, of Main Street, South Scarle, will next appear at Nottingham Crown Court on May 9.

Detective Constable Al Roper, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This was a complex investigation and I’m glad we have now secured a charge in relation to the incident.

“I hope this case sends a clear message to those who believe they can abuse their position for their own financial gain that offences will be uncovered and you will be brought before the courts."

A spokesman for the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham confirmed the diocese has cooperated fully with the police. It added it takes very seriously all matters of conduct in relation to church officers.

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