Wensleydale woman in court over fishing club fraud

Jennifer Dinsdale leaving Teesside Crown Court today.

A woman has appeared in court over money stolen from a Wensleydale fishing club.

Jennifer Dinsdale, 59, of Bainbridge, appeared at Teesside Crown Court today.

Mrs Dinsdale was convicted of fraud by abuse of position following a North Yorkshire Police investigation into missing money at Hawes and High Abbotside Angling Association at an earlier hearing.

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Mrs Dinsdale was the secretary of the club for a number of years until she was sacked when the thefts came to light last year.

She was given a six-month sentence, suspended for 12 months.

She was also ordered to do 120 hours community sentence and pay a £115 victim surcharge.

Today, Mrs Dinsdale was back at Teesside Crown Court for a proceedings of crime hearing with prosecutors hoping to recover the money which was taken from the fishing club.

The court heard that prosecutors wanted to recover more than £5,000, although the figure owed by the defendant was disputed by her defence team.

Robin Denny, for Dinsdale, said money had been paid back, as well as taken from the club, and the figures provided by the prosecution were “completely illogical”.

Judge Stephen Ashurst said there was a “robbing Peter to pay Paul aspect to the case” and agreed to adjourn the case.

The prosecution were given 14 days to provide evidence of the sum lost by the fishing club due to the fraud.

Former bank worker Dinsdale was in charge of the fishing club’s bank account and was responsible for collecting money from the local outlets which sold fishing permits.

Hawes and High Abbotside Angling Association has 15 miles of fishing on the River Ure and becks in upper Wensleydale.