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Ex-Shepway District Council employee Matthew Donovan, of Denton, near Canterbury, ordered to repay thousands of pounds after parking machine thefts

By Matt Leclere

A former Shepway District Council employee has been ordered to pay back thousands of pounds he stole from parking machines.

Matthew Donovan of Lodge Lees in Denton, near Canterbury, pleaded guilty to the offences and was given a suspended prison sentence in January.

But following a hearing at Canterbury Crown Court last Friday (July 25), Donovan must repay nearly £8,000 in addition to his 10 week prison sentence, suspended for two years, and community order to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.

The case was heard at Canterbury Crown Court
The case was heard at Canterbury Crown Court

At court on Friday, a confiscation order was made against Donovan as it was established he had benefited to the tune of £17,675.35 through his actions.

The court assessed his available assets and has been told he must pay back a total of £7,722.10 to the district council under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

If he fails to pay he faces a six month prison sentence.

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