Pool League thief avoids prison

Wendy Woodcock stole from Chorley and District Pool Players League
Wendy Woodcock stole from Chorley and District Pool Players League

The ‘selfish’ treasurer of a Chorley pool league left it on the brink of collapse after stealing more than £9,000 to pay off her debts.

Wendy Woodcock, who was on the committee of the Chorley and District Pool Players’ League, was this week sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for two years, after pleading guilty to the theft at Preston Crown Court.

She has also been ordered to pay back £9,500 in compensation, at £75 a month – which will take 10 years, and ordered to carry out 100 hours’ unpaid work.

She will also be subject to a 12-month supervision order. However, chairman of the league Karl Morris has hit out at the ‘lean’ sentence, and said Woodcock, 45, of Botany Brow, had never shown any remorse for her actions.

He added: “Wendy has shown total disregard for the people involved in the league.

“I was contacted before Christmas to say that a cheque for our trophy bill hadn’t been paid and I went to Wendy straight away.

“She told me she must have written it out for the wrong amount and would send another one, but in my heart-of-hearts I already knew that something wasn’t quite right.

“We had been asking her for months to bring the books to the meetings, but she was never forthcoming.

“She would bring printed balance statements, but they turned out to be a complete work of fiction.

“When the cheque was returned because there were insufficient funds I contacted the police straight away and we soon realised that more