Man gambled money stolen from park

Cala Gran Holiday Park Fleetwood. Entrance and Reception.
Cala Gran Holiday Park Fleetwood. Entrance and Reception.

A restaurant manager stole thousands of pounds from his bosses – then lost the lot at a casino.

Darren Rodgers later texted his employers at a Fleetwood holiday park and confessed to taking more than £3,000, saying he had a gambling addiction.

Rodgers, 38, pleaded guilty to theft from the Cala Gran holiday park.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said holiday park managers were alerted that £3,343 in cash was missing on June 20. Rodgers, who was manager of the park’s Papa John’s restaurant, had been responsible for the cash and he did not return to work.

On July 2, Rodgers, of Whitby Way, Darlington, County Durham, who said he was moving to Scarborough at the end of the week, texted the park’s management stating: “I’m coming to work tomorrow. I have got a big gambling habit and lost all the money at the casino.”

Ashley Fisher, defending, said Rodgers could not make the restaurant’s accounts balance and there appeared to be a shortfall of £900, but that was not the case because the defendant had not understood the figures.

Mr Fisher added: “He made the decision to gamble and get it back, but lost the lot. He resigned and lost a job he had held for three years. He is now getting help for his gambling habit on a 10-week course.”

He was sentenced to 12 months supervision and ordered to pay £520 towards compensation by Blackpool magistrates.