Cornwall

Cornwall police custody manager sacked in overtime scam

A police custody manager has been sacked by Devon and Cornwall Police for falsely claiming overtime and leave.

Mark Reeves was employed as a senior detention officer at Launceston police station.

The force said the allegations were so serious that a criminal prosecution was considered, but was deemed "not in the public interest".

The exact value of the deception, reported to be about £1,000, has not been revealed by police.

The dismissal follows a two-day disciplinary hearing, chaired by the force's head of criminal justice Supt Chris Brown.

'Difficult times'

The force said it held regular reviews into potential false overtime claims.

Supt Brown said after the hearing: "I hope the communities we serve see these recent events in a positive light.

"They can have confidence that as an organisation we have systems and processes in place where unethical activity will be detected and, thereafter, our commitment to dealing with such activity is resolute.

"As a public sector service in these difficult economic times it is especially important that we ensure that all money entrusted to us is used appropriately and ethically."

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