Council clerk embezzled £24k

A COUNCIL clerk pleaded guilty yesterday to embezzling almost £24,000 from a local authority.

Ross Nichol, 25, of Nether Blainslie, near Lauder, pleaded guilty at Selkirk Sheriff Court to taking 23,775 between January 2009 and August 2010. At the time he was a clerical assistant at Scottish Borders Council's headquarters in Newtown St Boswells. Sentence was deferred to 24 January.