Royal Met Cop Avoids Jail After Posing Online As 17 year Old Girl

adam-coxA shamed royal police officer has avoided jail after he stole a dead woman’s pictures to pose online as a 17-year-old girl “for kicks”.

Pc Adam Cox, 31, was working in Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection when he created an alter ego called Emily Whitehouse to exchange explicit chat with three men online.

After being asked to send them revealing photographs, Cox found indecent images online of a Canadian woman who committed suicide at the age of 21 and passed them off as “Emily”.

Police investigating the online chat raided his home last year, and uncovered a stash of 1,691 indecent and extreme images, with one featuring an infant and others showing children as young as seven.

He told police: “I’m not hoarding images. I have never meant to hurt anyone. I’m not a collector. I’ve not got a secret stash.”

On his Emily persona, Cox said: “It’s me. It’s not me. It’s madness, a way of escaping reality.”

Cox, from Windsor in Berkshire, pleaded guilty to four counts of possession of indecent images – 645 of the most serious category A pictures, 201 category B, 449 category C, and 396 extreme pornographic images of bestiality.

He denied encouraging three men to attempt to get indecent images from “Emily” and the charges were ordered to lie on file.

The Old Bailey heard it was impossible for police to establish if the dead woman in the Emily pictures was 16, 17 or 18 when they were taken.

Judge Mark Dennis QC sentenced Cox to 20 months inprison suspended for two years and 250 hours of unpaid work.

He said: “It should be a matter of enduring shame on his part that he engaged in this offending with complete disregard for his oath and responsibility as a serving police officer.”

Judge Dennis said Cox had pretended to be a teenage girl “for kicks”, adding it was “troubling” that he had yet to come to terms with what it was all about.

Prosecutor Charles Falk said Cox had been working for the Metropolitan Police with responsibility for the security of embassies, Parliament and the royal family.

Mitigating, Nick Yeo said: “He is a man who finds it extremely difficult to articulate his motivation and one can quite understand that because the context is extremely unusual conduct, one might think.”

Cox was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order and sacked following a misconduct review by the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS).

Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball said: “It is particularly sad and unacceptable that an officer in Pc Cox’s trusted position would behave in such a discreditable way.

“He was in possession of a very large number of images of young children. Any conviction is discreditable, one of this nature where the behaviour has meant the abuse of the vulnerable is deeply so.

“Dismissal without notice is the appropriate sanction in these circumstances.”

Co-defendants Harry Gibbs, 32, of Stevenage, Hertfordshire, Andrew Monk, 39, of Kettering, Northamptonshire, and Ajai Shridhar, 46, of Ealing, west London, admitted attempting to possess indecent images of children and were each handed a 12-month community order.

Over two months in spring 2016, Monk pestered “Emily” for pictures, particularly ones of her wearing high-heeled shoes. He posed sexually explicit questions, such as: “Are you a moaner or a screamer?”

Supply teacher Gibbs’ chat logs with “Emily” went on between July and September 2015. Even though he believed she was under 18, he tried to set her up on the “Chaturbate” – chat and masturbate – website, the court heard.

He told her she had “real model quality” and advised her that sex was “always big business”.

Shridhar asked “Emily” for photos to “cheer” him up as he chatted with her on Skype in February and March last year.

He told her: “Naughty of me to ask, but have you got any pics where you have to wear your school uniform?”

An NSPCC spokesman said: “Behind every indecent image is a child who has been subjected to the most horrific acts in order for this vile material to be produced.

“As a police officer, Cox would have known that by possessing these awful images he has helped to fuel an industry which feeds off children’s suffering.

“To tackle this growing problem, the NSPCC is calling on tech companies, government and law enforcement agencies to ensure this type of content is taken down quickly when it does appear online but most importantly that it can’t be published in the first instance.”

Bullying Police Sergeant Sacked For Shooting at Colleagues

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A “bullying” police officer who held a knife to an officer’s neck and snared a colleague with a dog catching pole has been sacked.

Sergeant Michael Bromell of Thames Valley Police also shot at fellow officers with a BB gun and threatened to cut another officer’s hair with a knife.

He was dismissed without notice for gross misconduct following a hearing on Friday afternoon.

Detective Chief Superintendent Tim De Meyer said Sgt Bromell’s colleagues were “subjected to sinister and overbearing treatment”.

Sgt Bromell had been working in the Cherwell Local Policing Area. He was dismissed because of a range of incidents:

  • Mid-2011: Shot at fellow officers with a BB gun in a report writing room
  • August 2014: Carried a knife into an office and threatened to cut another officer’s hair and assaulted the same officer by holding a knife to his neck
  • October 2014: Tried to scare and intimidate a fellow officer on a night search and also threatened to cut her hair off with a knife
  • November 2014: Assaulted a police officer under his command by placing the loop of a dog catching pole around the officer’s neck and pulling on the pole causing pain to the officer’s throat
  • August – November 2014: Carried a 6-8cm knife while on duty, which other officers found to be intimidating and concerning

His conduct was deemed to be gross misconduct and in breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour.

Det Chief Supt Meyer, head of professional standards, said: “A sergeant should lead, support and encourage officers to serve the public to the highest standards. Sergeant Bromell did quite the opposite.

“This bullying behaviour, from an officer in a position of power, caused considerable distress to junior colleagues who simply wanted to get on with their job of keeping people safe.

“Instead they were subjected to sinister and overbearing treatment from the very person who should have been looking out for them.

“Such oppressive behaviour is extremely rare and a disservice to the many sergeants in this force whose exemplary leadership does a great deal to serve people in our area.”

Cop sacked for standards breach at police college

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A police special constable has been sacked after failing to pay for items from a training college canteen, his former force said.

Adam Fanospour committed gross misconduct on a course at Sulhamstead Training College near Reading in January, Thames Valley Police said.

Detective Chief Superintendent Tim De Meyer, head of the force’s professional standards department, said: “SC Fanospour’s failure to pay for items that he took from the training college canteen fell way short of the standards required.

“His dismissal shows that we will investigate misconduct thoroughly and deal with it robustly.”

Mr Fanospour, who was based at Abingdon police station, was found to have breached standards of professional behaviour for honesty and integrity and was guilty of discreditable conduct, the force said.

He attended the public misconduct hearing in front of Assistant Chief Constable Nicola Ross on Wednesday.

Cop sacked for dishonestly protecting her son who was out on licence

PC Karen Clarke
PC Karen Clarke

A Northamptonshire Pc has been sacked after failing to gather intelligence on her daughter’s drug-dealer boyfriend and acting dishonestly to protect her son.

A Northamptonshire Police misconduct panel dismissed Pc Karen Clarke without notice after ruling that she withheld information, including a phone number, after her son’s car failed to stop for officers.

Although the 49-year-old was cleared of having a heated argument with her son while in uniform, she was found guilty of other breaches of honesty and integrity amounting to gross misconduct.

A one-day hearing in Northampton was told Pc Clarke failed to inform a sergeant of a phone conversation with her son, who faced being recalled to prison after being “in and out” of jail.

Pc Clarke, based in Kettering, was found to have failed to to submit intelligence logs on a “prolific” offender who visited her home during an on-off relationship with her daughter.

The disciplinary panel, chaired by Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Swann, also found the officer had “given a false impression” to a more senior colleague in relation to an incident involving her son’s BMW.

In direct evidence to the panel, Pc Clarke denied acting dishonestly by deleting texts and claimed her mind was “absolute mush” after she found out her son’s car had been abandoned in Raunds in February.

The panel heard that Pc Clarke’s son was in breach of his licence by visiting Raunds without prior agreement from probation officers.

Opting not to issue Pc Clarke with a written warning, ACC Swann told the officer: “The view of the panel is that the appropriate outcome is dismissal.

“It is vitally important that public trust and confidence is maintained in the local police service.”

ACC Swann added that Pc Clarke’s breaches of required standards included suggesting an explanation to her son for his actions which she knew to be false.

Pc Clarke’s barrister, Steve Evans, had urged the panel to show leniency.

Offering mitigation, he told the three-strong committee: “But for these occasions, this is an officer with an impeccable record, well thought of, and of great value to the force.

“The misjudgments that she made of these occasions, at the very least, have some explanation.

“Her sin was the sin of omission. It wasn’t that she lied to the police sergeant – she simply didn’t provide him with the information that was in her possession.

“For that reason, in my submission, you can deal with Karen Clarke by way of a final written warning rather than the extraordinarily draconian dismissal without notice.”

“Face of the Force” Top Cop Sacked For Fraud

Chief inspector John Buttress appeared in an advert for the police in 2005. Ten years later he was sacked for fraud
Chief inspector John Buttress appeared in an advert for the police in 2005. Ten years later he was sacked for fraud

A senior police officer accused of mortgage fraud, once the face of the force, has been sacked.

Chief Inspector John Buttress, 48, was dismissed for ‘gross misconduct’ following a week-long disciplinary hearing.

He was accused of failing to tell his mortgage provider that he was using part of his north Wales farmhouse for holiday lets.

The officer was charged with mortgage fraud but a jury took just 20 minutes to clear him following a trial in January.

But he remained the subject of internal disciplinary proceedings which has now concluded he was guilty of ‘gross misconduct’. He was dismissed from his ?55,000-a-year post with immediate effect.

While the jurors in his trial had to ask whether he was guilty ‘beyond reasonable doubt’, the panel of two senior police officers and a lay member decided he was guilty ‘on the balance of probabilities’.

The former officer is considering an appeal.

Speaking outside GMP’s headquarters in Newton Heath moments after learning the ruling, Mr Buttress said: “I’m absolutely flabbergasted. It’s just utterly ridiculous.”

He continued: “I absolutely deny any suggestion of dishonesty and always have done. There isn’t even a motive for me to have done the things I have done. It’s clearly ridiculous.”

He said he had ‘never clocked a sub-clause which is in the 80-page booklet accompanying the mortgage details’ which required him to tell his loan provider part of the farmhouse was being let to holiday-makers.

After his arrest, he said he notified his provider and they charged him ?75 administration fee before allowing the holiday letting to continue.

He said his main residence was the ?650,000 Overton Vale Farm near Wrexham although he also stayed in Manchester during the week for work.

The former officer claimed the investigation into him was prompted by a series of complaints he had made against the force alleging ‘bullying, nepotism, cronyism among the upper echelons’ of the police’.

“I was a whistleblower,” he said.

GMP has asked Kent Police to investigate the allegations.

The force said the officer had ‘fallen below the accepted standards in relation to honesty and integrity’.

John Buttress was sacked because he had ‘fallen below standards of honesty and integrity’, say police bosses.

Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan said: “The public rightly expect the highest professional standards from their police officers and these expectations are higher when they are senior officers. When we join policing we are aware of the responsibilities that come with the uniform.

“Chief Inspector Buttress has fallen below the accepted standards in relation to honesty and integrity and discreditable conduct in that he applied for a specific mortgage relating to a domestic dwelling when he was in fact renting out the farm house as a holiday rental. He also applied for two lots of single person’s discount from the council for council tax for the same period on two different properties when aware that he was only entitled to one.

“When such allegations emerge it is important that an investigation takes place and that was what was carried out. The decision of the hearing demonstrates that we will take action to ensure standards are adhered to and we maintain confidence in policing.

“The code of ethics clearly sets out the principles and standards of behaviour that are required for everyone who works in policing. We believed Ch Insp Buttress had a case to answer for gross misconduct in relation to breaching those standards which is why this was pursued. In the interest of transparency we felt that the evidence should be considered by an independent panel.

“This is the end of a process that began when the Crown Prosecution Service felt there was sufficient to take a criminal prosecution forward. Ch Insp Buttress may have been acquitted in a crown court where the burden of proof is beyond all reasonable doubt, the burden of proof for breaching the standards of professional behaviour is based on the lower threshold of a balance of probabilities.

“He has been dismissed from Greater Manchester Police with immediate effect.”

‘Not Kitted Up’ Cop Sacked

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Jonathan Webb, Mark Higgins, Joanne Parr and Paul Birch

A police constable has been sacked and three others disciplined after they failed to help a supermarket security guard as he grappled with a shoplifter in the street a few feet away.

The supermarket’s manager had flagged down a marked police car carrying the on-duty uniformed officers in Liverpool city centre last December.

The officer in the front passenger seat, Pc Jonathan Webb, 48, wound down his window and said they were “not kitted up” and the vehicle drove off.

Police finally attended the scene after the Tesco store manager dialled 999 but not before the guard, Shaun Rigby, was assaulted by the thief.

Assistant Chief Constable of Merseyside Police Ian Pilling has apologised to the guard and the shop manager as he said the overall response was “way, way below” the standard expected by the force and the public.

A disciplinary panel, chaired by Mr Pilling, found that Pc Webb and driver Pc Mark Higgins committed gross misconduct, while backseat passengers Pc Joanne Parr and Pc Paul Birch committed misconduct.

Pc Webb, an officer with 15 years of service, was dismissed without notice at the hearing in Wavertree.

The panel ruled there was no evidence to show any of the officers witnessed the struggle or that Pc Webb’s colleagues heard his conversation with store boss David Markey.

Pc Webb accepted that Mr Markey told him “I think someone in the shop may be robbing”, but denied he promised to send back-up.

The panel said “more than enough was said” for Pc Webb to form an opinion that a criminal offence was taking place and it was “inexcusable” he “fobbed off” Mr Markey.

It noted that when giving evidence this week Pc Webb “did not appear to grasp the gravity of his actions and did not appear to take responsibility for the situation”.

Mr Pilling said: “He failed to maintain high professional standards and we are not convinced he will do so in the future.”

Pc Higgins was said to have shown “a poor, unprofessional attitude” and should have taken an interest in what was being said rather than listening to the “chatter and gossip” of his colleagues about a Christmas works party.

It was accepted he did not see the struggle, but not wearing his driving glasses and driving with a defective headlight “probably did not assist”.

The panel said that as the driver of the vehicle he should have checked the situation before he left the scene in Dale Street on December 5 at about 9.15pm.

Pc Higgins received a final written warning and will not be allowed to drive a police vehicle until he is formally assessed.

Pc Parr and Pc Birch ought to have known of the developing situation, the panel said, and would have intervened if they had.

Their misconduct was at the lower end of the scale and were short lapses by otherwise competent officers, it concluded.

Both will receive management advice regarding the need to maintain vigilance on duty “even when being transported in a police vehicle”.

Following the incident, the shoplifter Roy Fagan, 31, of Westmorland Drive, Liverpool, pleaded guilty to stealing £4.62 of alcohol and guilty to assault by beating in relation to Mr Rigby.

He was handed an eight-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months.

 

In mitigation for Pc Webb, the hearing was told he accepted his judgment in “a period of those nine seconds” had failed and his decision making was at fault.

His counsel pointed out the incident would not have happened with the benefit of hindsight and that he was a “good officer”.

It was also noted that Mr Rigby had stated he did not wish any officer to lose his job over the matter.

 

Detective Chief Superintendent Karen Cummings, head of the force’s Professional Standards Department said that it had been their first misconduct hearing held in public, and should serve as a warning.

She added: “We strive to be open and transparent, it has been a rigorous and detailed examination of the events that night when a small number of our officers let the public down, their colleagues down and themselves down.

“The vast majority of the 6,000 police officers and support staff within Merseyside Police serve the public to the standard expected of them and do a fantastic job day in, day out. This case should serve as a warning to those who don’t behave in the manner expected of them of the consequences they face.”

She added that Merseyside Police demanded the highest standards of professionalism and integrity from all its officers and support staff.

“It is what the public rightly expect and without doubt deserve and any failings in meeting those high standards can damage public confidence and trust in the police.

“We simply cannot afford to have police officers and civilian support staff working for us who do not strive to uphold the highest levels of professionalism and integrity at all times.”

Ex Police Officer jailed for fraud

Christopher Hawkins
Christopher Hawkins

A former police officer is starting a two-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to fraud offences totalling £85,000, police said.

Christopher Hawkins, 46, of Dorchester Road in Bury St Edmunds, was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court after previously pleading guilty to four counts of fraud by false representation, according to Norfolk Constabulary.

Hawkins, a former police officer with Norfolk Constabulary, committed the offences between January 30 2007 and August 31 2013, the force said.

He falsely claimed his former wife had signed and agreed to be bound by the terms of credit agreements including extending mortgages and surrendering endowment policies in order to obtain cash loans.

Police said he made these applications on both their behalves, forging signatures to acquire the money to pay significant gambling debts.

These offences came to light following a previous investigation into a fraud allegation which Hawkins was sentenced for in September 2014, receiving a 12-month community order with 12 months’ supervision and 200 hours’ unpaid work, police said.

The force said Hawkins, who had served as an officer between December 1989 and October 2014, was dismissed from the force following his 2014 conviction after an internal disciplinary process with the Professional Standards Department.

Detective Sergeant Gary Lillie, from Norfolk and Suffolk’s anti-corruption unit, said: “We expect the highest level of personal and professional behaviour from those serving with us.

“This result highlights how important it is for the forces to continue to robustly investigate any allegations of criminal conduct made against its employees or former employees.

“The fact that Hawkins had deceived those who should have been able to trust him the most and who have particularly suffered via his actions is equally unacceptable.”

PC jailed for 3 years for sex on duty

PC Adam Rushton
PC Adam Rushton

A police officer who had oral sex with vulnerable women while on duty has been jailed for three years.

Pc Adam Rushton, branded “a disgrace to the police service” on conviction last month, was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court today for five counts of misconduct.

The 37-year-old, of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, was also found guilty of breaching data protection laws while a Staffordshire Police officer based in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent.

During his three-week trial, Rushton conceded that some of his actions were “not very professional” but denied that it amounted to criminal conduct.

Judge Murray Creed, sentencing, said: “This case is personal tragedy for you and your family. As a police officer you were in a position of trust with the public.”

The court heard in mitigation that Rushton attempted to resign his post but was sacked by the force, with whom he served for 10 years, on Monday under a fast-tracking procedure.

Judge Creed said Rushton had come across his victims “at a stage when people were in vulnerable periods of their lives”.

He added: “There was distress caused to those victims, some of them, self-evident during their evidence”.

Judge Creed said it was concerning to hear colleagues had tried to warn Rushton over his behaviour, and that on one occasion “you did not tell the truth to senior officers seeking to help you”.

The offending spanned four years, from 2008 to 2012, and involved five women in all.

Judge Creed said the most serious incident involved a very vulnerable victim whom he visited in uniform at her home.

Rushton made up the reason for the visit, accusing her over a “bogus cyber bullying issue”, and convinced her to show him her private parts under the auspices of his fake investigation.

Judge Creed said: “Plainly that must have been humiliating, but the incident didn’t emerge until two years later when she was seen by officers in connection with another matter and referred, in passing, to that.

“As a result, this whole inquiry was commenced. It is a troubling episode as far as she is concerned.

“She was plainly vulnerable – indeed she said she did not think she would be believed because of her history.”

In relation to the other counts, Rushton met what the judge described as another “vulnerable young lady” through a police incident, befriending her and eventually entering into a relationship.

He was convicted of conducting a social visit to her home.

Another woman he met through an internet dating site and he was found guilty of receiving oral sex from her during a work-time break.

He was also convicted of going to her home, while in uniform, with the intention of having some sexual contact.

The judge said: “She believed you wanted to have sex, but in any event it didn’t take place as she found you smelled of garlic.”

There was another encounter with a fourth woman while on duty and in uniform, whereRushton received oral sex, later texting her saying “You’re ace”.

Judge Creed said: “The texts were graphic. Those details were studied and plainly, at the time, you were on duty.

He added: “There were calls to your unit, while you were engaged in the activity or shortly thereafter.”

“Prior to that there were two calls which had been ignored from control.”

He was also convicted of looking up a fifth victim’s details on the police computer system.

During the trial, Rushton was acquitted of five other counts of misconduct in a public office and a single charge of breaching the Data Protection Act.

The former neighbourhood police officer, wearing a grey suit, made no reaction as he was sentenced and seemed prepared for the possibility of custody by bringing a holdall of belongings with him.

Kevin Baumber, in mitigation, described Rushton as “a hard-working conscientious police officer, achieving results, involved in charity work, and a doting father and husband, still in the long process of rehabilitation but someone who has the support of his family”.

He added: “The impact, sadly, will fall most brutally upon his wife and his children and that is something he will have to live with and continue to make amends for.”

Afterwards, Deputy Chief Constable Nick Baker, of Staffordshire Police, welcomed the sentence, saying Rushton had “brought shame” on himself and the force.

“I have apologised personally to those victims of his actions on behalf of Staffordshire Police,” he said.

“I would also like to thank those individuals who supported the investigation and gave evidence during the recent trial; their bravery should not be underestimated.

“Adam Rushton brought shame on himself, his colleagues and Staffordshire Police.

“There is simply no excuse for Rushton’s actions and we will not tolerate such disgraceful behaviour in this organisation.

“The public must be able to trust their police officers, and on this occasion they were badly let down. He has been dismissed from the force.

“I want to reassure the public of Staffordshire lessons have been learned from this matter and we will take robust action against any officer or member of staff whose behaviour falls below the high standards expected.

“We are proud that the overwhelming majority of officers and staff members work hard and with integrity to serve the people of Staffordshire.”

Disgraced top cop pays back £23,000

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Cleveland Police which was suing its former chief constable for £500,000 has settled out of court for less than 5% of the figure, it has emerged.

The force was trying to claw back salary and bonuses it believed Sean Price was wrongly paid across a number of years before he was sacked for gross misconduct in 2012.

The civil case was due to be heard next month but police and crime commissioner (PCC) Barry Coppinger said Mr Price’s offer of £23,000 had been accepted.

That was due to mounting legal costs during a time of budget pressures and having consideration for Mr Price’s ability to pay more.

In a document on the PCC’s website, Mr Coppinger said the case against Mr Price was based on the legal argument that the payments were originally made “by mistake of law”.

He accepted the £23,000 offer was a “modest proportion” of what had been hoped for, but it was made in good faith, with reference to his ability to pay.

Mr Price, a father of two, has allowed the force to see financial documents, the PCC said.

Mr Coppinger said: “I concluded that I faced a choice either to accept the sum which Mr Price had demonstrated he could afford or proceed to court, risking an estimated overall six-figure sum in court costs which was unlikely to be realistically recoverable.”

He said the force had already spent about £30,000 on external barristers’ fees – £7,000 more than Mr Price’s settlement.

He added that other PCCs and forces had considered similar civil claims before deciding not to proceed.

Mr Coppinger said the payments Mr Price received were investigated under the wide-ranging Operation Sacristy inquiry into alleged corruption, but did not result in criminal charges.

He said: “Although ending the claim will mean that the court will not have the opportunity to address the legal questions, taking all of the considerations in the round I have determined that it would be appropriate to conclude the matter on the basis of the payment of the sum offered.”

Mr Price said in a statement: “This was a difficult decision for me as I had a strong case that the payments were lawful and should not be repaid 10 years later.

“However, the case has cost me several thousand pounds already and the public a great deal more. The only people benefiting have been lawyers.

“I made the decision that the best course of action was to settle now to prevent the costs escalating further.

“Notwithstanding our differences, I would like to pass my best to all at Cleveland Police in dealing with the financial challenges facing the force in the future.”

Mr Price was the first chief constable in 35 years to be sacked. An inquiry found he lied about his role in the recruitment of the former police authority chairman’s daughter.

Thieving Scam Cop Faces Jail

Alexis Scott faces jail
Alexis Scott faces jail

A former police community support officer from south-east London who stole thousands of pounds by tricking departing air passengers into thinking they were carrying too much cash could be facing jail.

Alexis Scott approached travellers as they were about to go through the final gate at Gatwick in Sussex and asked how much money they were carrying, police said.

She convinced some that they were carrying more than the maximum amount allowed and “confiscated” the balance, before reassuring her victims they could claim it back when they returned.

The 39-year-old then placed the money under her uniform hat and headed back to the police station.

The scam was uncovered when returning passengers began asking airport officials for their money back. Scott, of Plumstead, was arrested in May last year.

After a police investigation she was accused of stealing more than £15,000 from seven victims.

After a trial lasting more than three weeks, she was convicted at Canterbury Crown Court of six offences of theft and one of misconduct in public office, while she was found not guilty of one count of theft. The charge she was cleared of related to an alleged theft of around £1,500.

Scott was remanded into custody ahead of sentencing.

Following the verdict Deputy Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney said: “Sussex Police expects the highest personal and professional standards of everyone who works for us.

“Scott fell woefully short of those standards, abusing the trust that we had placed in her, but more importantly, the trust of the public and in particular, the victims of her crimes.

“Passengers and other users of Gatwick Airport rightly expect that those who wear the uniform of Sussex Police do so with integrity and honesty.

“Scott failed in this simple requirement and has been duly punished, but this mustn’t be allowed to reflect upon the professionalism, honesty and integrity of other employees of Sussex Police who work tirelessly and selflessly around the clock.

“This was a complex and detailed investigation of an audacious act, but any such act will not be tolerated and we acted swiftly and decisively as soon as it came to light.”

After internal disciplinary proceedings in July last year Scott was dismissed from her job, which pays a basic salary of between £18,500 and just over £20,000 a year.