WORKERS are facing a bleak Christmas after £8,000 went missing from their festive savings club.
A colleague at Asda’s distribution centre in Washington has been arrested on suspicion of theft after cash disappeared.
Forty-three people are said to be out of pocket by the alleged theft, which came to light during the last few days.
One of those who was a member of the club told the Echo: “Everybody has been saving up since last Christmas, some just £1 a week. Someone was saving £20 a week.
“One person was expecting to get £1,000, but has got nothing.
“Others were expecting £100, another £800 for Christmas – they’re devastated.”
Staff from a number of shifts at the warehouse were members of the club, which was launched in January.
It is believed the arrested man has not returned to work since he was questioned.
A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police confirmed officers were investigating the allegation, made by an Asda employee.
She added: “A 43-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of theft and bailed pending further inquiries, following a call reporting the theft of cash from a savings club.”
Police have said the amount said to be involved runs to £8,000.
The Echo understands the worker, who was arrested on Tuesday, is from the Hedworth area of Jarrow.
A spokeswoman for Asda said: “We’re unable to comment on individual colleagues.”