Former Tory chairman found guilty of stealing more than £3,000 from the Royal British Legion in New Mills

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The former chairman of the High Peak Conservative Association, Jeffrey Peter Lawton, was found guilty of stealing £3,135.65 from the Royal British Legion in New Mills at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court earlier this week.

Lawton 41, of High Lea Road, New Mills, had originally denied the theft, said to have occurred between November 2014 and October 2015, at an earlier hearing in April.

He was given a community order and a curfew between 8pm-6am until December 13 and ordered to pay court costs of £2,000 and a victim surcharge of £60.

Derbyshire Police confirmed that a case against Lawton began in 2015 that he had failed to bank some money that had been raised during the Poppy Appeal in November 2014.

Lawton was arrested in October last year and finally charged over the stolen money in March this year.