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Optician struck off

PUBLISHED: 11:40 22 May 2008 | UPDATED: 14:50 25 August 2010

AN OPTICIAN who stole spectacles for members of her family over a three-year period has been struck off by the General Optical Council.

AN OPTICIAN who stole spectacles for members of her family over a three-year period has been struck off by the General Optical Council.

Dalvir Kaur Kallar, of Danson Mead, Welling, who worked for Coton and Hamblin Ltd, in Wellington Street, Woolwich, had admitted 26 offences involving glasses and contact lenses worth £5,000, the GOC's Fitness to Practice panel was told last Wednesday.

Striking her off, panel chair Mercy Jeyasingham said: "The multiplicity of these offences and the period over which they were committed amounts to such a serious departure from professional standards the only appropriate sanction is erasure."

Bradley Albuery, for the Council, told the panel that Kallar appeared at Woolwich Crown Court in February, 2007, and after pleading guilty to 26 offences of theft, was warned she could receive a custodial sentence.

However, after hearing reports on her, the court gave her a two-year conditional discharge in March 2007.

Kallar did not attend the hearing and was not represented.

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