THE treasurer of a primary school PTA in Little Clacton has admitted stealing up to £5,000 from its funds.

Donna Curtis, 41, of Harwich Road, Little Clacton, was appointed treasurer of the Friends of Engaines Primary School, in St Osyth Road, on February 3, 2012.

But she was arrested on June 4, 2014, after it was discovered that up to £5,000 was missing from the fund, Chelmsford Crown Court heard today.

Curtis’ trial had been due to begin today, but she changed her plea to guilty.

Originally the amount involved was said to be £12,523. But at today's hearing prosecution and defence both accepted the sum was "up to £5,000".

She pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of position in that she did not account for all monies received by the Friends of Engaines Primary School and did not pay all designated monies into the bank account between February 2, 2012, and June 4, 2014.

However, details of what she had done were not given at today’s hearing.

Judge David Turner QC remanded Curtis on bail for a pre-sentence report to be prepared. She will return to court on 25 August to be sentenced.

As he adjourned the case the judge told Curtis: "You sensibly have, a little late in the day, admitted guilt."

Potential prosecution witnesses were present in court to hear the change of plea, including school headteacher Jackie Irwin.

Police seized £2,200 from Curtis when she was arrested. It is expected that an application for compensation will be made.