October 25th, 2016

Police officer accused of theft found not guilty

A RETIRED police officer accused of stealing £113,000 from Warwickshire Police’s old force headquarters has been found not guilty.

Paul Andrew Greaves was accused of stealing the cash from the evidence room at the Leek Wootton base between 2009 and 2011.

The 57-year-old from Nottinghamshire – an officer with 25 years experience and the team’s financial investigator – has been found not guilty of the theft after a four week retrial at Birmingham Crown Court.

It follows the jury at a previous trial being discharged after failing to reach a verdict.

The money was found to be missing in 2011 when it was due to be returned to its owners.

It had been seized by the force in 2009 during a drugs and firearms raid in Leicestershire.

Following the theft of the £113,000, the matter was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) which determined it should be investigated.

Det Supt Nick Tomkinson who led the investigation said: “We fully accept the decision of the jury.

“Since the theft of the money we have had a consistent team of officers and staff assigned to this investigation and they have worked tirelessly in their attempts to uncover the truth.

“This case remains open and we will take every opportunity to review this case in the same way we would review any outstanding serious case should new evidence come to light.”

The police say they have reviewed their procedures and policies since the investigation.