Woman stole £37k from her grandfather to get high and binge on takeaways

A woman who stole over £37,000 from her own grandfather to fund her drug, takeaways and tattoo habit has been thrown in jail.

Despicable Nicole Taylor, 25, was granted access to her 79-year-old grandfather's financial affairs when he fell sick and was put in a care home.

Taylor, from Chorley, Lancashire, appeared before a court, pleaded guilty to theft and was jailed for 14 months.

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She began taking money from his account in 2020 when he told her to use his bank card to pay for bills and repairs while she looked after his property in Preston, Lancs.

And in one year, she stole £37,363.63 to spend mostly on takeaways and tattoos, along with regular cash withdrawals, which police believed she used to buy drugs.

The victim’s family later became aware of the missing money and produced bank statements which they then took to the police to investigate.

Detective constable Rebecca Pugh, of Preston Police, said the gentleman could now no longer choose his care home due to Taylor's selfish actions.

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She said: “Taylor took advantage of her vulnerable grandfather at his time of need.

“The money spent was money he had earned and saved through working his whole life.

“Her greed has left her family and in particular her grandfather devastated.

“The financial loss means he can no longer choose his care home because she selfishly took away that luxury.

“We welcome a custodial prison sentence, which is reflective of the offending Taylor committed.”

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