A former parish clerk has admitted fraud totalling £56,756.39.

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Joanna Sharp, 28, of Hill Close, Brington, who was employed by Alconbury Parish Council, appeared at Peterborough Crown Court on Friday. She pleaded guilty to committing fraud to make a gain for herself and abusing her ­position as parish clerk by taking money ­without ­authorisation and producing false financial documentation.

She denied a second charge, which was subsequently dropped by the prosecution, that she wilfully misconducted herself in her ­position as clerk.

Sharp was released on bail and the case was adjourned.

Psychological reports will be compiled ahead of her sentencing at Peterborough Crown Court on March 7.

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