A police constable who gained an insurance payout after falsely claiming his car was stolen has been dismissed for gross misconduct, according to his force.

Tom Mynehan has been sacked by Thames Valley Police after reporting to police and his insurance company that his Alfa Romeo 147 had been stolen from a lay-by on the A40 in Oxfordshire, July 2013.

But after police investigated, Mr Mynehan, who was a patrol officer at Cowley police station, was brought before a misconduct hearing held by his force and dismissed for two breaches of the standards of professional behaviour although he has not been charged with any criminal offence in connection with the incident.

A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: “His insurers issued him with a cheque for the value of the vehicle. When concerns about the report arose, the force’s professional standards department investigated the matter and determined that Pc Mynehan had a case to answer for gross misconduct.

“At the subsequent misconduct hearing, the panel found that Pc Mynehan, or someone acting on his behalf, had arranged for the vehicle to be removed from the lay-by and scrapped. He had therefore lied to the police and to his insurance company about the disappearance of his car.

“PC Mynehan was dismissed from the force on Friday (8/5) for two breaches of the Standards of Professional Behaviour.”

Detective Chief Superintendent Tim De Meyer, of Thames Valley Police’s professional standards department, said: “The dismissal of Pc Mynehan shows that there will be serious consequences for officers who are found to have been dishonest and that the public can trust Thames Valley Police to take tough action to tackle misconduct.