12:14pm Wednesday 2nd May 2012
Chorley Football Club’s former accountant has denied five charges of theft and burglary.
Phillip Haslam, 23, of Weldbank Lane, Chorley, is charged with stealing more than £70,000 from the club after money allegedly went missing during a six-month period last year.
During a hearing at Chorley Magistrates Court on Monday, Haslam was charged that between March 1 and September 4, 2011 he stole £40,901 from Chorley FC.
Between the same dates he is also charged with the theft of £22,221 from Chorley Sporting Club and £6,000 from the club’s Black and White weekly draw fund.
Additionally Haslam, who was described in court as ‘the club’s part-time accountant’, is also accused of two counts of burglary from the club’s office at Victory Park, Duke Street, between September 3 and 8, involving separate amounts of £300 and £1,000.
Haslam, who was arrested by police on suspicion of theft on September 8 last year did not enter plea during the hearing but his solicitor David Edwards told the court Haslam denied the charges and indicated a plea of not guilty would be lodged.
Magistrates decided that the matter should be heard at Preston Crown Court.
He was released on unconditional bail and will appear in Preston on Monday, June 18 for a plea and case management hearing.
The club, which finished third in the Evo-Stik Premier League and was eliminated from the end-of-season play-offs on Saturday, have in recent months been fundraising under the banner of a ‘Save The Magpies’ campaign.
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