Kent Police officer Eileen Arthurs jailed for misconduct

Eileen Arthurs
Image caption Eileen Arthurs had been working as a neighbourhood officer

A police officer has been jailed for two and a half years for misconduct in a public office.

Eileen Arthurs denied five counts of the offence, but was found guilty by a jury at Maidstone Crown Court.

Kent Police said she carried out unauthorised checks using the force's computers.

Arthurs, 52, of Wansunt Road in Bexley, south-east London, had been working as a neighbourhood officer in the north of Kent when the offences happened.

The force said Arthurs had accessed the records of her friend, who was known to police, on several occasions with no professional reason to do so.

Assistant Chief Constable Gary Beautridge said: "The vast majority of officers serve with the utmost integrity, honour and pride.

"It is important that those rare few who cross the line are dealt with appropriately and charged if an offence has been committed."

The force said Arthurs would face disciplinary proceedings.

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