A Sutterton gambling addict who racked up debts of £12,000 on a company credit card and blamed it on his partner has been ordered by a court to pay back £4,000.

Mark Goodsir, 46 and of Boston Road in Sutterton, worked as the produce manager at a company in March, Cambridgeshire.

The company needed him to travel for the role, sometimes internationally, and Goodsir requested a credit card to pay for it.

But between October 2018 and January 2019 he racked up costs of £12,000 and when questioned by the company, which wanted to work with him, he made up excuses.

These included claims his partner had spent the money or he had sent the cash back to them but there was a “banking error.”

Goodsir was suspended from work in January last year and failed to return his company laptop and keys.

A few months later the company referred the matter to the police. When interviewed by officers Goodsir admitted taking the cash for personal use.

He claimed he was a gambling addict and used the card for this, adding the company had taken his final month’s salary of £8,000 and thus he only owed them £4,000.

Goodsir said he would pay the remaining money back in four monthly installments and the company was happy with this.

Four payment dates were planned between Goodsir and the company, with the agreement to finalise the police investigation with a community remedy and letter of apology.

However, the first payment day went by with no money received and Goodsir then stopped all communication with the company and police.

When arrested and interviewed for a second time by police, Goodsir admitted he knew he had committed fraud and apologised.

He claimed he was ‘just chasing the final win’ to pay all of the cash back and would be happy to do so if given another chance.

PC Greg Pritchard, who investigated, said: “Goodsir had absolutely no consideration for others as he stole from his employer.

“Even after promising to pay the cash back and being offered the chance of a community remedy, he ignored the company and police completely.

“Hopefully this case will serve as a wake-up call to anyone else hoping to turn a profit through deception and I hope he will now reflect on his actions.”

Goodsir pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation at a previous hearing and was sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court on Thursday, February 20.

He was handed an 18-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £4,000 in compensation.

Update: A woman has died after the crash – read the latest here.

Three people have been seriously hurt in a crash on the A16 between the Sutterton and Surfleet roundabouts overnight.

The collision happened just before 6.45pm on Tuesday, January 21 and involved a tractor, a black Mitsubishi, and a white Volkswagen ‘Enterprise’ rental van.

Two people from the Mitsubishi and one person from the van have all been seriously injured.

Lincolnshire Police issued an appeal to anyone who witnessed the collision or with dashcam footage of the incident to come forward.

Anyone with information can call the 101 non-emergency number quoting incident 346 of January 21.

Developers have submitted proposals to build 256 homes near Boston.

Gleeson Regeneration has applied to Boston Borough Council to fill three fields on land between Spalding Road and Station Road, south of Sutterton, with the homes.

The developer argues the land is allocated for 263 homes in the South East Lincolnshire Local plan, would have access to services and be in scale with existing developments.

A Design and Access Statement to the authority says: “The proposal will provide a high-quality, sustainable development delivering a mix of contemporary homes on the edge of Sutterton, defined as one of the main service centres within the Borough of Boston and therefore recognised as being in a sustainable and appropriate location.

How the site could be laid out.

“The development is sensitively located to respect its context and surroundings, whilst positively contributing and providing wider benefits to the local community through the integration and extension of footpaths, public open space and a children’s play area.”

The build includes 51 two-bed, 170 three-bed, and 35 four-bed houses, each with their own garden and on-plot parking.

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