Policemen Ian Scouler and Kenneth Potter jailed for theft

Two police officers have been jailed after they were caught stealing in a sting set up by their own colleagues.

PC Ian Scouler, 46, from Borough Green in Kent, was jailed for a year after being convicted of theft by a jury at Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday.

PC Kenneth Potter, 30, of Sevenoaks in Kent, pleaded guilty to theft and handling stolen goods at an earlier hearing and was jailed for five months.

Both officers worked at the disruption unit at Plumstead Police Station.

Judge Michael Gledhill said the pair were "bad apples" who had tarnished the reputation of the Metropolitan Police (Met).

A Met spokesman said that in 2010 and 2011, the force received several complaints from members of the public about theft of money and property in cases handled by the unit.

Misconduct panel

Officers from the unit placed covert CCTV at an an address in Sidcup Road, south-east London, that was due to be searched.

Scouler stole £400 and Potter stole £4 in cash from the property.

Potter was also found using a mobile phone that had been stolen from an address in July 2010. The pair were part of the team that searched the property.

They were arrested in October 2011 and suspended from the force before being charged in January this year.

A Met Police spokesman said Potter had put in formal request to resign in June this year which was accepted.

Scouler was suspended by the force throughout the proceedings and will now face a misconduct panel, he said.

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