South Yorks crime victim’s football treat

Crime victim Kevin Lester was taken on a trip to Manchester City FC. He is pictured with Carlos Tevez's boot.

Crime victim Kevin Lester was taken on a trip to Manchester City FC. He is pictured with Carlos Tevez's boot.

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A disabled man left shocked after his carer stole more than £3,000 from his bank account has been helped to get over the crime – by police who organised a visit to see his favourite football team.

Kevin Lester, aged 55, from Rotherham, was taken across the Pennines for a VIP day out at Manchester City’s Carrington training ground.

During the visit, he was able to have a tour of the ground, watch a training session, and also meet some of the players.

Acting Detective Sergeant Ian Hampshire, of South Yorkshire Police, arranged the visit with the club after he investigated the fraud against Kevin last September.

Kevin, who is visually impaired with mild learning difficulties and mobility issues, requires 24-hour care and help with all his financial matters.

More than £3,000 had been taken from Mr Lester’s account, by his primary carer Roy Marshall.

Marshall, aged 53, of York Road, Eastwood, Rotherham, who worked for private contractor Direct Health, is now serving a 26-week prison sentence after admitting the offence.

Acting DS Hampshire said: “It is our job to protect vulnerable adults, and ensure they are well cared for by people they can trust.

“I’m happy I have been able to help give something positive back to Kevin, and I’m very grateful to Manchester City for letting this happen.

“I’m sure he won’t forget the day in a hurry.”

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