Of­fi­cer fired af­ter steal­ing from shops

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY JOSH PAYNE

A PO­LICE con­sta­ble has been sacked af­ter steal­ing £70 of mois­turiser from Sel­fridges in a £200 shoplift­ing spree while on duty.

Pc Abi­gail Smith, of West Mid­lands Po­lice, was is­sued with a cau­tion for theft af­ter also tak­ing items from KIKO Mi­lano and Su­per­drug on May 12.

The mis­con­duct hear­ing heard the of­fi­cer pock­eted the mois­turiser in Sel­fridges at 1pm in the Bull Ring in Birm­ing­ham city cen­tre while she was sup­posed to be work­ing.

Pc Smith said the in­ci­dent was a “cry for help” caused by men­tal health is­sues at the time due to the stress of po­lice work.

But Chief Con­sta­ble David Thomp­son was sat­is­fied her ac­tions amounted to gross mis­con­duct and dis­missed her with­out no­tice in or­der to “main­tain pub­lic con­fi­dence”.

Pc Smith at­tended the mis­con­duct hear­ing at the force’s head­quar­ters yes­ter­day as she claimed she had been “let down by West Mid­lands Po­lice”.

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