A CAFE worker stole from his employer in a south Shropshire town, a court has been told.

Francis Edwards entered a guilty plea to one count of theft by employee when he appeared before magistrates in Kidderminster in October.

The court heard from prosecutor Val Hart that the 38-year-old, who was represented at the hearing by defence solicitor John McMillan, had stolen money from his employer, Laila's Cafe, in Craven Arms on October 25.

The total stolen was £300 from the cafe, which is based next to the town's Tuffins supermarket, the magistrates were told.

Edwards, of Brook Road, Craven Arms, was handed a 12-month community order with 150 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay compensation of £300 to Laila's Cafe, with magistrates saying that they had taken his guilty plea into account when coming to their decision on the penalty. 

Edwards was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £185.