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Relief as ex-East Lancs mayor cleared of theft

Lancashire Telegraph: Peter Steen Peter Steen

A FORMER mayor accused of stealing from his employer has spoken of his relief after he was cleared of suspicion.

Peter Steen, who worked at Rawtenstall Tesco for five-and-a-half years, was investigated by the firm over whether he had stolen several packs of cigarettes.

The 65-year-old former member of Rossendale’s community safety partnership was suspended from his job as a part-time cashier at the branch’s petrol station in Bocholt Way for five weeks while enquiries were made.

While the investigation was under way, Mr Steen discovered that a co-worker had told management he had stolen the goods.

Following the conclusion of the inquiry, Mr Steen, from Bacup, was informed that the stock had been lost on the computer system while being transferred from one area of the store to another, and he was offered his job back.

However, Mr Steen has decided to retire to spend time with his family and do voluntary work.

Mr Steen, who is president of Bacup Rotary Club and lives in Rockcliffe Road, said: “It came out of the blue. I was happy to go along with the process of the investigation.

“It was a complete screw-up. Somebody decided to stick their oar in. Once I got cleared it was a huge weight off my shoulders.”

Tesco declined to comment.

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3:07pm Thu 17 Jul 14

glossopkid says...

Like I said before and I'm saying again " false accusations are abuse" and should be seen as that. Let's hope Tesco and any investigating body now investigate the individual who made these false accusation to be tried in the same manner .
Like I said before and I'm saying again " false accusations are abuse" and should be seen as that. Let's hope Tesco and any investigating body now investigate the individual who made these false accusation to be tried in the same manner . glossopkid
  • Score: 26

4:33pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Doug Spencer says...

Thankfully the LT has actually printed the outcome. It was VERY quick to print the allegation, without Peter being charged. That was DISGUSTING so called reporting by an LT reporter.
I actually hope, Peter takes legal advice now to get recompense for the stain on his character. I may not always agree with Peter but, no-one should be treated the way he was by the press.
Thankfully the LT has actually printed the outcome. It was VERY quick to print the allegation, without Peter being charged. That was DISGUSTING so called reporting by an LT reporter. I actually hope, Peter takes legal advice now to get recompense for the stain on his character. I may not always agree with Peter but, no-one should be treated the way he was by the press. Doug Spencer
  • Score: 27

9:15pm Thu 17 Jul 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

There's no smoke without fire.
There's no smoke without fire. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -12

10:25pm Thu 17 Jul 14

noddy57 says...

If l was innocent after an investigation l would not just be relieved l would want my good name back. stick to your guns and clear your name if not for other folk then do it for yourself.
If l was innocent after an investigation l would not just be relieved l would want my good name back. stick to your guns and clear your name if not for other folk then do it for yourself. noddy57
  • Score: 13

10:26am Fri 18 Jul 14

gillbacup says...

I am disgusted that the original story was ever reported on here. LT should not have reported this, as at the time it was an on going investigation, which has turned out to be lies. Just hope the co worker that lied can live with the fact that they blatantly lied. Doubt very much that this story would have been reported if it had been anybody but Mr Steen. And it's not even election time !!!!!!!!
I am disgusted that the original story was ever reported on here. LT should not have reported this, as at the time it was an on going investigation, which has turned out to be lies. Just hope the co worker that lied can live with the fact that they blatantly lied. Doubt very much that this story would have been reported if it had been anybody but Mr Steen. And it's not even election time !!!!!!!! gillbacup
  • Score: 7

11:14am Fri 18 Jul 14

Doug Spencer says...

gillbacup wrote:
I am disgusted that the original story was ever reported on here. LT should not have reported this, as at the time it was an on going investigation, which has turned out to be lies. Just hope the co worker that lied can live with the fact that they blatantly lied. Doubt very much that this story would have been reported if it had been anybody but Mr Steen. And it's not even election time !!!!!!!!
I think Gill, it WAS election time when the first, unfounded allegations were printed!
[quote][p][bold]gillbacup[/bold] wrote: I am disgusted that the original story was ever reported on here. LT should not have reported this, as at the time it was an on going investigation, which has turned out to be lies. Just hope the co worker that lied can live with the fact that they blatantly lied. Doubt very much that this story would have been reported if it had been anybody but Mr Steen. And it's not even election time !!!!!!!![/p][/quote]I think Gill, it WAS election time when the first, unfounded allegations were printed! Doug Spencer
  • Score: 3

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