Crumbs, that takes the bis­cuit

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS -

ABRITISH po­lice of­fi­cer has spent a year sus­pended from the beat af­ter a col­league ac­cused him of pinch­ing his bis­cuits.

The con­sta­ble is sus­pected of hand­ing out the snacks to mem­bers of his team af­ter find­ing an open box on a desk at the end of a busy night shift.

The owner of the bis­cuits re­ported the “theft” to bosses, who es­ca­lated the case by call­ing in anti-cor­rup­tion col­leagues.

The “sus­pect’ has been placed on re­stricted du­ties since last June while Scot­land Yard’s direc­torate of pro­fes­sional stan­dards in­ves­ti­gates. Re­stricted du­ties usu­ally means a pa­per­work-based role.

Ken Marsh, chair­man of the Metropoli­tan Po­lice Fed­er­a­tion, who rep­re­sents more than 30 000 front line of­fi­cers in Lon­don, said: “This shows yet again how lengthy dis­ci­plinary pro­ce­dures are let­ting my of­fi­cers down. When a con­sta­ble can be held in abeyance for the best part of a year on re­stricted du­ties, well it is ridicu­lous.”

The bis­cuit row broke out at Kingston, in south­west Lon­don. It is not un­usual for items to go miss­ing in po­lice sta­tions, with scores of of­fi­cers and civil­ian staff pass­ing through 24 hours a day.

Scot­land Yard said: “Fol­low­ing an in­ter­nal re­port of the theft of a box of bis­cuits, an of­fi­cer based in Kingston Bor­ough was placed on re­stricted du­ties in June 2016. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion has nearly con­cluded”. – Daily Mail

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