A former teacher will be sentenced by a judge later this month for stealing £10,000 from a local history group to help fund his alcohol addiction.

Daniel Moorhouse, 40, has admitted taking the money from the Keighley & District Local History Society between February and May last year, while acting as the group’s treasurer.

Bradford and Keighley Magistrates’ Court heard on Tuesday that Moorhouse, who pleaded guilty to five charges of theft and one charge of forging a cheque at an earlier hearing, had spent a large amount of the money in The Turkey Inn at Laycock.

Prosecutor Paul Ramsey told the court an application under the Proceeds of Crime Act would be sought for the money to be repaid.

The court heard Moorhouse’s health and memory had been affected by his alcohol dependency, and his solicitor, Mohammed Hussain, said his client had family who were willing to cover the costs of the money owed to the society.

Moorhouse, of Low Laithe Fold in Laycock, was granted bail on the condition he attends meetings with the probation service to allow for a report to be compiled ahead of his sentencing hearing at Bradford Crown Court on April 29.