Seven things you said about mum's sentence for South Shields Day Trips Facebook scam

The community has reacted with anger following the news that a mum behind a Facebook holiday scam has walked free from court.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 10th March 2017, 9:02 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:52 am
Ashleigh Turbutt admitted spending 46,000 of her customers' cash.
Ashleigh Turbutt admitted spending 46,000 of her customers' cash.

Ashleigh Turbitt convinced hard-up customers they could have dream coach holidays to Euro Disney in Paris through her firm South Shields Day Trips.

Turbitt, 26, of Belloc Avenue, South Shields, admitted fraud by representation between February and July 2015.

But the judge said Turbitt's two-year jail term could be suspended for two years because of her family circumstances, which include the fact she has a young baby.

She admitted pocketing £46,000 through the cruel scam, and has been ordered to pay back the £14,513 police seized from her bank accounts or face going to jail for nine months.

Turbitt was also ordered to carry out 240 hours' unpaid work and abide by a nine-month curfew, from 7pm to 7am.

Isobel Charlie Harris said: "She may have gone free, however she will live with it for the rest of her life, even if she shows no remorse."

Mary White added: "Disgusting they got away with breaking all them poor kids' hearts. How have the courts allowed that?"

Sandra Jopling commented: "Shocking."

Chelsie Jade Boyack added: "I still can't believe she got a suspended sentence."

Kirstie-Anne Richardson said: "She has broken kids' hearts and conned people out of their money.

"She hasn't really been punished, it's not like she's going to be looking for work, so it's not like she's lost a future of a job.

"She is still living as normal while people are still out of pocket, it's disgusting! "

Sandra Jopling added: "Disgusting person."

May Wileman said: "Terrible. How has this been allowed to happen? Sad day. "