Garstang carer stole £80,000 from vulnerable victims

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A woman trusted to care for vulnerable people stole more than £80,000 from them.

Preston Magistrates’ Court heard how Zoe Coates, 41, of Lancaster Road, Garstang, helped herself to clients’ savings.

She has admitted six counts of theft between June 2008 and March 2015.

In one case she stole more than £50,000 from a vulnerable couple.

A further £21,692 was taken from another lady, over a two year period.

Coates stole a further £3,553 from a victim. While another lady had £6,024 stolen.

Coates, who lives with her partner, will be sentenced at Preston Crown Court on July 14.