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Four guilty over Ipswich Hospital computer thefts

Ipswich Hospital
Image caption Suffolk Police said 370 desktop computers, 50 laptops and 70 iPads were stolen from the hospital

Four men have been convicted over the theft of computer equipment worth £188,000 from Ipswich Hospital.

Fifty laptops, 370 desktop computers, and 70 iPads were stolen from the hospital between 2011 and 2013.

Three men had admitted their part in the theft at Ipswich Crown on 5 September.

They will be sentenced on 5 December along with Shane Dawson, 33, who has been found guilty of handling stolen goods and removing computer equipment.

Dawson, of Surbiton Road, Ipswich, had gone on trial after entering a not guilty plea at the September hearing.

'Violated position'

Andrew Leacock, 50, from Diamond Close in Ipswich, admitted two counts of theft and one count of converting computer equipment into money.

Philip Goldsmith, 44, from Tuddenham Avenue in Ipswich, admitted handling stolen goods and one count of converting computer equipment into money.

Graham Sherlock, 61, from Mendlesham Green in Stowmarket, admitted theft and converting computer equipment into money.

After Dawson's trial, investigating officers Det Con Nicky Wallace and PC Kerry Bradley said in a statement: "Andrew Leacock had been employed as an IT contractor for the hospital, but violated and abused his position in order to steal 370 unused desktop computers, 50 laptops and 70 iPads.

"He had involved two other local businessmen (Goldsmith and Dawson) to sell these machines onwards.

"This IT equipment belonged to the Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust and was intended for staff to improve efficiency and running of the hospital."

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