Crown court date for theft-accused

A FORMER union official accused of stealing £41,680 of the organisation’s money has had her case sent to crown court.

Ann Sharp, 54, who was treasurer for Hartlepool Borough Council branch of union Unison, is charged with taking the cash over a period of two-and-a-half years.

Council worker Sharp is alleged to have stolen the money between December 2007 and July last year when she was seconded to the union from the council and was joint secretary and treasurer.

She did not enter any pleas to the four counts of theft during a brief appearance at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court.

Her case will now be heard at Teesside Crown Court on a date to be fixed.

Sharp, of Pannell Place, Hartlepool, was granted unconditional bail.