Police Officer sacked for not paying full price for two packs of Jaffa cakes

A Police officer has been sacked for taking two packs of Jaffa Cakes from a charity stall without paying the full price.

PC Chris Dwyer paid just 10p for the cakes but claimed he had paid the correct amount of £1 when challenged by a colleague.

He then “changed and embellished” his story when quizzed about it and said he could not remember what coins he had placed in the charity tin at Halifax police station.

West Yorkshire Police said a female officer had emptied the charity shop cash tin at around 10pm on January 21 and left a £1 float in change.

Half an hour later, PC Dwyer allegedly took two packets of Jaffa Cakes, priced at 50p each and did not leave the right amount of money.

A spokesman said: “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.”

The officer was given an instant dismissal on Thursday after a four-day misconduct hearing found him guilty of gross misconduct.

Detective Superintendent Mark Long said: “This officer’s actions do not fit with the values of the organisation and he has been dishonest when challenged.

Akbar Khan, who chaired the panel said ”An independent legally qualified chair has found that his breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour constituted gross misconduct and he has been dismissed from the Force.”