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Garden centre closing down after previous owner jailed

PUBLISHED: 07:57 30 October 2019 | UPDATED: 15:34 30 October 2019

Aylsham Garden Centre is holding a closing down sale. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Aylsham Garden Centre is holding a closing down sale. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A garden centre once owned by a man who was jailed for stealing almost half a million pounds from his elderly mother is holding a closing down sale.

Gary Woodley, of Norwich Road, Aylsham, stole £480,000 from his 89-year-old mother to pay off loans and fund his lifestyle. Photo: Norfolk PoliceGary Woodley, of Norwich Road, Aylsham, stole £480,000 from his 89-year-old mother to pay off loans and fund his lifestyle. Photo: Norfolk Police

The current owners of Aylsham Garden Centre are advertising on Facebook with the sale starting on October 28 and ending on November 17.

The advert states that gifts, garden tools, pots and sundries are on offer.

The shop was previously owned by Gary Woodley, who was jailed for four years in October 2018.

A court heard that Woodley, of Norwich Road, Aylsham, stole £480,000 from 89-year-old Kathleen Woodley to pay off loans and fund his lifestyle between 2013 and 2016.

Aylsham Garden Centre is holding a closing down sale. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYAylsham Garden Centre is holding a closing down sale. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The court was also told that the then 66-year-old was "likely" to lose his business as a result of his actions.

The garden centre in Norwich Road was contacted for a comment, but they did not wish to speak.

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