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Roach, of Bramley Avenue, Burnley, did not appear at court due to ill health.

At her sentencing hearing in March the court heard she was undergoing treatment for clear cell sarcoma and had to have part of her leg amputated.

While Bridge was found to be living a modest life, a search of Roach’s home uncovered Tag Heur watches, Dior bags and accessories and dozens of pairs of designer shoes which were stashed in a wardrobe.

Bridge, of Cumbrian Way, Burnley, was jailed for 40 months in October 2015 after admitting fraud and false accounting of £961,973.

udge Cornwall said: “No sentence of this court can reflect the full extent and misery you have caused to others.” In March, Roach was handed a 15 month sentence suspended for two years.

A PARALEGAL who conned more than £140,000 from vulnerable clients has been ordered to sell the designer shoes and handbags she bought to repay some of her debt.

Nicola Roach, 35, and her sister, lawyer Kimberley Bridge, 44, stole more than £960,000 from legal firm SFN Solicitors in Burnley, where Bridge was a partner.

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