Teacher guilty of shop thefts

A senior teacher who lives at Hucknall and works at Kirkby’s Ashfield School has resigned after being convicted of stealing clothes and shoes from Next.

Shamed Samerha Hadawi Cropley, 46, - who was head of English - took the items from the store at Mansfield’s St Peter’s Retail Park on three separate occasions.

She was fined £1,800 by magistrates for the offences which took place in August and September last year.

This week Ashfield School headteacher Dick Vasey refused to comment but confirmed Cropley no longer worked at the school.

Cropley, of Westland Avenue, Hucknall, worked at Ashfield School for four years.

Magistrates were told on Wednesday how she was aided by Jane Kieme - who worked as an employee at Next.

She would take various items of clothing to the till, where Kieme would take them off the hangers and disable the security tags before packing them into a Next bag and handing them back to Cropley.

The single mother-of-two insisted she was innocent - but accepted the court’s decision.

In mitigation, Mark Bostock, claimed Cropley did not realise she was being under-charged for the items as she handed over a store card for the amount Kieme would charge her.

Kieme was given a suspended sentence on 26th October last year with a four month curfew.

The store said it could not account for the exact amount Cropley stole. The thefts came to light after another staff member became reported their suspicions to the store manager. CCTV footage was then reviewed showing how Kieme only keyed items in when she was being watched.

Cropley has since returned the majority of items she stole back to the store.

She will pay a fine of £600 for each offence, totalling £1,800. She will also pay £625 for court costs and a victim surcharge.