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Woman who found £20 note on shop floor is convicted of theft

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A woman who kept a £20 note she found on a shop floor has been convicted of theft.

Nicole Bailey, 23, was in a branch of One Stop in Blurton, Stoke-on-Trent last August when she saw the note on the floor. Police said it had been dropped by a customer who had withdrawn it from a cash point close to the shop.

After seeing CCTV evidence of the incident, Bailey pleaded guilty at North Staffordshire Justice Centre.

She has also been ordered to pay £135 in court costs as well as £20 in compensation and a £20 victim surcharge.



In a statement, Chief Inspector Karen Stevenson, from Staffordshire Police, said anyone who finds lost money must “do the right thing”.

"Morally, the right thing to do is hand in any found property so that the person who has lost out has every opportunity to be reunited with it,” she said.

"This was someone's hard-earned money and we are committed to supporting all victims in our community."

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