A travel agent has pleaded guilty to stealing cash from her employer by altering exchange rates to pay off debts.

Blackburn magistrates courts was told the money, totalling more than £1,200, had been repaid to Althams Travel Service by the defendant Katie Wardrobe’s mother.

The court was told how the 23-year-old had taken the money over a two to three week period having fallen into debt on credit cards and then taken out loans to pay them off.

The Lancashire Telegraphreported Wardrobe, from Lindsay Park, Burnley, pleaded guilty to three charges of theft and three of false accounting and asked for 12 similar offences to be taken into account.

She was ordered to undertake 150 hours of unpaid work and pay £85 court costs after it was confirmed to the court that all of Wardrobe’s debts had been paid off, including that to Althams.