2BR News

Contact the News Team:
Tel: 01254 350360

Lancashire carer steals thousands from elderly client

Police mugshot of Joanne Heald from Lytham St Annes

12:52pm 13th June 2018

A Lancashire carer who stole more than £4,000 from a 91-year-old woman in her care has been jailed for 10 months and two weeks.

Joanne Heald, 48, a manager at Advanced Homecare in Kirkham, Lancashire, abused her relationship with the vulnerable patient to help herself to her finances and spend her money as her own.

Between October 2016 and December 2016, Heald, of Harwood Avenue, Lytham St Annes, withdrew large sums of money from ATM machines using the woman’s bank card.

She also used the card to make purchases of clothes and alcohol from the supermarket.


She was only caught following the death of her victim in January 2017.

Following her arrest, Heald admitted taking money but said she had returned it to her client. A chequebook, bank card and keys to the woman’s home were found at Heald’s home address, along with £1020 in cash at another location.

Heald claimed she had not kept proper records because she was disorganised – despite extensive training in acceptable practices and safeguarding, including financial guidance.


She pleaded guilty to three counts of theft and three counts of fraud at Preston Crown Court.

PC Oliver Maughan, of Lancashire Constabulary’s West Division, said:

“Joanne Heald was a care manager, employed to not only look after the needs of elderly vulnerable adults in their own homes, but to ensure staff under her supervision do not breach these same rules. 

“Time and time again, Heald abused the trust that was placed in her as a care manager to steal from a woman who was too frail to look after herself.
“Offences of this nature are particularly mean and we will investigate thoroughly to bring those responsible to justice.
“We will also safeguard victims of financial abuse.”


More news from across Lancashire

Contact Us

If you would like to submit a query or provide more information on this story please get in touch below.

Please wait...
  • Up to 3 JPG or PNG images, 2MB max size
  • We will always endeavour to credit you when we publish your pictures.
  • By uploading you are agreeing to this non-exclusive reuse, royalty-free, across all 2BR platforms, which extends to our partner broadcasters.
  • You retain copyright to all images.
  • If you would like to send us a video, please upload to YouTube or similar and paste the video URL into the message above.

Share This Story

Submit this page to reddit
Suggested Articles

Increased crime in Lancashire

Local News: By Local Democracy Reporter Jonathan Grieve

Top Articles

Storm Ali weather warning for parts of North West

Local News: Lancashire could miss most of the madness though

Deaf man learns how to communicate in his 70s

Nepal: In the final episode of 2BR's special report from Nepal, we meet the older Deaf people who've only just learned to communicate.

Uganda Appeal: Re-visiting some of the people 2BR met

Local News: A month on, 2BR has a few updates for you

Jurgen Klopp says there is no mountain Liverpool cannot climb after PSG win

Sport: Jurgen Klopp says there is no mountain Liverpool cannot scale after their <a href='https://www.skysports.com/football/liverpool-vs-psg/report/401831'>dramatic win over Paris Saint-Germain</a> in their Champions League opener.

10 of Denis Norden's best lines on everyday life

Showbiz: British TV presenter and scriptwriter Denis Norden - best known as the host of long-running out-takes show It'll Be Alright On The Night - has died at the age of 96.

Organic and children's yoghurts are full of sugar, study finds

National News: Many yoghurts - particularly organic products and those marketed at children - contain "well above" a healthy amount of sugar, according to a new study.

California doctor and girlfriend charged with drug rapes

World News: A doctor who appeared on a dating show has been charged with drugging and sexually assaulting two women with his girlfriend - and police suspect there may be many more victims.

Theresa May calls for end to social housing 'stigma' as she pledges £2bn for new homes

Business News: Theresa May is pledging a £2bn handout to housing associations in a bid to provide tens of thousands of new affordable homes.

Macron-mania: £300k of presidential memorabilia sold in days

Strange News: He may be slipping in the opinion polls, but Emmanuel Macron is still riding high with one important constituency - online shoppers.

MORTGAGES: What to expect in 2018

Local News: How you can pay your mortgage off early

Near misses in drowning need to be talked about

Local News: They're the lucky ones - says Lancashire mum


Local News: See how the keeper is saving more than just shots in Lancashire

HALF PRICE - Hollywood Star

Non-News: Get your half price voucher for Hollywood Star in Burnley now.

No mountain high enough to stop this hit

On This Day: Listen back to this Diana Ross classic

VIDEO Something Worth Fighting For

Local News: You've never seen a journalist do this...

Giant cyclist set to be around for the entire weekend

Local News: The giant artwork on Pendle Hill is in celebration of the Tour of Britain

Losing sleep to care for a family member

Local News: Challenges facing the UK's 700,000 young carers