Police officer cleared of gross misconduct over biscuit tin theft

A London police officer accused of taking a colleague’s tin of biscuits has been cleared of gross misconduct.

PC Thomas Hooper, based at the Kingston Operational Command Unit in south west London, was also alleged to have applied to cancel a Fixed Penalty notice against him.

It was claimed he gave false accounts of both incidents.

Panel chairman Nahied Asjad ruled at the end of a three-day misconduct hearing that he had no case to answer for both allegations.

PC Hooper will return to full duties next week, he said.

PC Hooper denied two allegations of breaching standards of professional behaviour at the tribunal in central London.

Police officer ‘stole colleague’s biscuits and lied about it’

It was alleged that on May 7 2016 he had taken another officer’s medium-sized tin of biscuits from a cupboard without her permission.

The tribunal previously heard that PC Hooper was going to offer to share them, and also offered to replace them.

PC Hooper was also alleged to have driven a marked police transit van at 51mph in a 30mph zone on May 3 2016.

It was alleged that he sought to cancel the Fixed Penalty Notice and gave a false account of events to avoid penalty points on his personal licence.

PC Hooper had been transporting a prisoner from a mental health unit to Kingston police station, his counsel Ben Summers said.

The tribunal found that PC Hooper’s accounts were “not false or misleading”, and that the facts he presented on the cancellation form “reflect what happened on that day”.

The tribunal dismissed the case.

Source : https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/police-officer-cleared-of-gross-misconduct-over-biscuit-tin-theft-a3772641.html