A supermarket worker who stole more than £10,000 from a Croydon Aldi has been sentenced to 20 months in jail.

Kenneth Ashie, 26, stole cash totalling £10,220 on three separate occasions in October 2017 from the Croydon Road branch in Anerley where he was a deputy store manager at the time.

In the week that he was tasked with cashing up, he was caught on CCTV helping himself to the store's bank bags while in the office.

Ashie was initially told by bosses that he would not face any charges if he paid the money back in full. He did not. He was later arrested at Gatwick Airport while trying to leave the country for a short break to Amsterdam.

On Thursday, 20 December he was sentenced for three counts of theft by employee at Croydon Crown Court. He had pleaded guilty to all three counts at an earlier hearing.

Jonathan Storer, from the CPS, said: "Stealing from your employer is an abuse of trust and the CPS will prosecute offenders.

"Ashie had the opportunity to pay back the money he stole, but instead he decided to take a trip to Amsterdam. When questioned about where he got the money to do this, he told police officers that 'it was a deal on Groupon so not that expensive'.

"In 2016 Ashie committed the same offence against his then employers Savers – stealing more than £3,000. He was given a suspended sentence which he has now breached.

"I hope the sentence today reflects the seriousness of these offences and deters others from stealing from their employers."