A former manager at Specsavers Swindon has been jailed for a year after issuing cash refunds to himself and misusing the company credit card, reported the Swindon Advertiser.

Simon Backhouse appeared at Swindon Crown Court, where he reportedly pleaded guilty to theft and false accounting.

According to the Swindon Advertiser, he had spent £16,553 on himself using the credit card over a two-year period.

A company spokesperson confirmed to Optician he had joined Specsavers Swindon in October 2012 and was promoted to store manager in June 2015.

A Specsavers statement said: ‘Following a pattern of suspicious activity, an internal investigation found evidence that Mr Blackhouse had been defrauding the business. Confronted by superiors in March 2017, Mr Blackhouse admitted the fraud. He was dismissed and the matter was handed over to the police.'