Reading PC sacked for lying about updating dead theft victim

A police officer who lied about giving updates to a theft victim when they had actually died has been sacked.

PC Daniel Cobley was dismissed without notice by Thames Valley Police following a public misconduct hearing earlier.

Between October 2014 and May 2015 he made false entries on a police database stating he had updated the victim of a mobile phone theft in Reading.

But it was found that the victim died following the offence in August 2014.

PC Cobley admitted breaching the force's standards of professional behaviour by claiming he kept the victim updated with the progress of the investigation.

Det Chief Supt Tim De Meyer said PC Cobley's actions were "wholly at odds with what the public and his colleagues should expect of an honest and competent officer."

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