A SPORTS journalist who misused his position at a national news agency to run a £15,000 betting fraud has been jailed.

Jack Irving John Bentham, 24, was a racing specialist at the Howden base in East Yorkshire of PA Media, formerly called the Press Association, when he carried out the crime.

He no longer works for the agency.

Hull Crown Court heard how he defrauded his employer's client by £15,000 over a few days in 2018.

Bentham, of Northgate Vale, Market Weighton, pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of position.

He was jailed for 10 months.

Detective Constable Coleman, from Goole CID, who investigated Bentham's fraud, said: “I am pleased with the sentence handed out to Mr Bentham today.

“He abused his position at work for his own selfish gain, putting the reputation of his employer and colleagues at risk.

“Fraud is not a victimless crime and I am delighted that this sentence has been handed out.”