Teen stole at care home

A TEENAGE care assistant charged with 13 counts of theft from residents at a nursing home where she worked was handed a year-long supervision order after 12 of the charges were dropped.

Melisa Castle, 19, of Bells Lane, Glemsford, was alleged to have stolen money from residents at Melford Court Nursing Home in Long Melford.

She was accused of taking £501 in 13 thefts ranging from £10 to £100, but at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 12 charges were discontinued.

Castle admitted stealing £20 from an elderly man at the care home on December 16 last year.

She was placed under a 12-month supervision order, ordered to do 40 hours unpaid community work, given a community order, and ordered to pay £20 compensation and court costs of £50.