Police officer sacked for stealing from pig breeding club

A police officer has been dismissed from Humberside Police for stealing money from a pig breeders club.

PC Neil Giles was found guilty of gross misconduct following a disciplinary hearing that heard he had taken £1,436 from the British Saddleback Breeders’ Club’s funds to pay his own bills, while acting as its treasurer between 2013 and 2015.

He was also found to have in his possession a police interview tape of a fraud case without reason and that he ‘accessed police systems for a non-policing purpose’, the BBC reports.

The chair of the disciplinary panel also ruled that he was guilty of misconduct in 2006 when he used a police computer system to access details on his wife.

The charges related to his time working with the Metropolitan Police Service.

Det Supt Matt Baldwin, of Humberside Police, said: “We conducted a thorough investigation into the actions of PC Giles and it was clear his actions fell well below the standard we would expect of our officers.

A spokesperson for the British Saddleback Breeders’ Club said: “Our priority is always the Saddleback pig, its bloodline protection and promotion. The money was returned more than 18 months ago. And as far as we were concerned that was the end of the matter.”

Image: From British Saddleback Breeders’ Club website

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