Officer fired after stealing from shops
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”.