PC sacked after underpaying for charity Jaffa Cakes

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PC Chris Dwyer was sacked after he underpaid for two packs of charity Jaffa Cakes  (PA Archive/PA Images)
PC Chris Dwyer was sacked after he underpaid for two packs of charity Jaffa Cakes (PA Archive/PA Images)

A police officer has been sacked from West Yorkshire police after he underpaid for two packets of Jaffa Cakes at a charity gala.

PC Chris Dwyer, 56, tried to “change and embellish” his story when quizzed about paying just 10p for two packets of the biscuit-sized cakes worth £1 from Halifax police station’s canteen.

He was found guilty of gross misconduct and given an instant dismissal after his actions were labelled an “abuse of trust”.

The misconduct trial had heard the tuck shop - set up in aid of a charity trip to Uganda - sold confectionary at 50p each.

PC Dwyer was seen on January 21 to put a sum of money into the cash tin before helping himself to two packets of Jaffa Cakes, the misconduct panel heard.

But a fellow officer revealed that PC Dwyer had only put 10p in the tin.

When questioned about the matter, PC Dwyer gave dishonest accounts and his evidence was “evasive and an attempt to reduce his culpability”, the panel found.

Panel chairman Akbar Khan said PC Dwyer’s actions had brought “discredit on the police and the service”.

He added: “The officer is solely to blame for his own conduct, which was dishonest and of a criminal nature.

“The nature of his dishonesty related to underpaying for items which proceeds were to support a charity to which he was fully aware.”

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