A West Yorkshire Police constable has been sacked for stealing a packet of Jaffa Cakes.
PC Chris Dwyer was facing a misconduct hearing today (October 14) for paying just 10p for two packets of Jaffa Cakes that were priced at £1.
PC Dwyer had underpaid for the items from Halifax Police Station’s confectionary stall, which had been set up to help fund a charity trip to Uganda.
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The items being sold at the stall – which also included crisps and fizzy drinks – were being sold at 50p each, so PC Dwyer should have paid £1 for his selection, but only paid 10p.
When questioned about the matter, PC Dwyer then “provided dishonest accounts” and his misconduct hearing heard that he had tried to “change and embellish” his story.
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PC Dwyer, who joined West Yorkshire Police in 2017, had denied breaching police standards but was today found guilty of gross misconduct and was fired from his position, the BBC reports.
Details of the misconduct case had been published on the police’s website.
The Force said: “At around 22:00 hours on 21st January, an officer attended the canteen at Halifax Police Station and emptied the charity tuck shop cash tin.
“She left 6 x 10p coins and 2 x 20p coins as a float.
“It is alleged that around 22:30 hours, PC Dwyer attended the canteen, approached the charity tuck shop, removed two packets of Jaffa cakes which were priced at 50p each, without leaving the sufficient funds to pay for them.
“The cash tin was checked and it was found to contain the same denominations of coins in the cash tin but with an extra 2 x 5p coins.”
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