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Man who stole £30,000 of stock back in court for police to claw back proceeds of crime

Kevin Matthews was given a suspended jail sentence at Norwich Crown Court for possessing a knife and assaulting a police officer     PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

Kevin Matthews was given a suspended jail sentence at Norwich Crown Court for possessing a knife and assaulting a police officer PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

Jamie Honeywood Archant Norwich Norfolk

A man who admitted stealing £30,000 worth of stock from his former employers is due to appear back in court today.

Matthew Smith had previously pleaded guilty to theft from Uttings Ltd, an outdoor clothing and equipment shop based in Bethel Street, Norwich.

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He will be appearing at Norwich Crown Court later today (Tuesday, November 4) for a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) hearing where police can claw back money made from ill gotten gains.

In August Smith, of Heartsease Lane, Norwich, was given a six month prison sentence, suspended for 21 months for the theft in the summer of 2018.

He was also given a curfew and ordered to carry out 20 rehabilitation days.

Howard Utting, owner of Uttings Ltd, who described the sentence as "so disappointing", believed the true cost of the theft to be much higher than £30,000 as missing stock has continued to be identified.

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