Nottinghamshire police officer cleared of make-up theft

image captionMrs Molloy burst into tears when the case against her was dismissed

A senior Nottinghamshire police officer has been cleared of stealing make-up from a Tesco store.

Kim Molloy, a chief inspector, had denied hiding foundation under bags in her trolley at the Top Valley store.

Derby Crown Court was told the 45-year-old had made a "clever and deceptive" attempt to shoplift.

But Recorder Peter Joyce QC instructed the jury to acquit Ms Molloy because the prosecution could not prove she had acted dishonestly.

The court had been shown CCTV of Ms Molloy in the store in November 2009, paying for other goods but leaving the Max Factor make-up in the trolley.

'Devastating 12 months'

Mr Joyce said: "All we have seen throughout those 20 minutes of that video is a normal woman doing her normal shopping.

"Where the evidence of dishonesty is, I just don't see it."

Ms Molloy burst into tears when Mr Joyce declared his intention to instruct the jury to dismiss the case.

In a statement Ms Molloy, who had been suspended from her job, said: "I'm relieved that my personal and professional integrity is now no longer in question after a devastating 12 months for both me and my family.

"Common sense has finally prevailed."

Suspension lifted

The prosecution indicated it would not appeal against the decision to dismiss the case.

It is not yet clear whether Ms Molloy will immediately return to work.

Nottinghamshire Police confirmed that her suspension had been lifted.

A spokesman said: "The public rightly expect their police officers to be honest and to demonstrate in all they do the very highest standards of behaviour, integrity and professionalism.

"When an officer is suspected of committing a criminal offence, that individual can expect, like any other member of society, to be arrested, charged and have the evidence tested in court.

"The decision to charge and prosecute Chief Inspector Molloy was taken in light of all the available evidence and following detailed discussion with the Crown Prosecution Service.

"In light of the court's decision, Chief Inspector Molloy will return to work following the removal of her suspension."

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