Former Wooler auctioneer charged with stealing £30,000

A MAN has been charged with stealing over £30,000 from his employer.

A MAN has been charged with stealing over £30,000 from his employer.

The case of Blair Duffton, 35, who faces two counts of theft from John Swan Ltd came before Berwick magistrates yesterday.

John Swan is a company of auctioneers, valuers and estate agents, with bases at Wooler and St Boswells in the Scottish Borders.

Duffton was working as a livestock auctioneer at the Wooler site at the time of the offences but is no longer employed there. He is alleged to have stolen £12,440 from the company at Wooler between January 14 and February 28, 2009.

Duffton, from Huntly in Aberdeenshire, is also charged with stealing £19,056 from the company, again at Wooler, between February 18 and March 31, last year. The case was adjourned to come back before the Berwick court on November 25. Duffton was not present at court but magistrates were told he has not pleaded to the charges.

The magistrates declined jurisdiction and the case will be sent to Newcastle Crown Court. Duffton’s bail was extended.


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