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Post by Guest on Mon Jan 02, 2012 10:36 am

Hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of equipment and personal belongings have been stolen from police stations across Britain, it has been revealed.

Thefts in the past five years include handcuffs, uniforms, speed guns, dogs, riot shields, and even patrol cars.

The eclectic list was revealed as a result of freedom of information requests by the Press Association.

Greater Manchester Police was the worst hit, with thieves taking a £10,000 patrol car and £30,000 private vehicle.



The force's assistant chief officer, Lynne Potts, said it took all such reports seriously and measures were in place to secure property, equipment and vehicles. The request to every force in the UK revealed thieves had taken warrant cards, bikes, riot shields, a battering ram and breathalysers.

Among the more unusual stolen items were a small fridge from Dunstable, CCTV footage and a TV from West Oxfordshire, a packet of crumpets from Priory Road police station in Hull and a fern and plastic plant pot from Lancashire Police.

Opportunist theft

A £20 mannequin was stolen from Essex Police's kennels at Epping, a 20-pack of toilet rolls vanished from West Mercia, while at Pontefract police station, in West Yorkshire, a thief made off with a £48 tea float.

The Taxpayers' Alliance, which campaigns for greater efficiency within publicly-funded organisations, said security seemed to have been compromised at some stations and called for an investigation.

"The list of stolen items is truly astonishing and taxpayers will worry that police giving out crime prevention advice can't seem to avoid being robbed themselves," said director Emma Boon. "Thefts from forces cost taxpayers money and all this equipment adds up to a big bill that could be reduced."

Forces with high-value losses

Greater Manchester - £86,910
Strathclyde - £22,524
Northumbria - £19,858
Essex - £15,406
Surrey - £9,657
Source: PA freedom of information request

Opportunist thieves took advantage of police equipment, mobile phones and unattended computers, the information also revealed.

A police patrol car was taken from outside the station at Morpeth, Northumberland in May 2008.

A Ford Galaxy patrol car went from a station in Carnforth, Lancashire, after the keys were left briefly unattended. It was later recovered.

Other forces to be relieved of vehicles included Warwickshire, Strathclyde, Lancashire and Essex.

A terrier and a lurcher were taken from a police station in Blackburn in Lancashire and on Merseyside seized pitbulls were taken.

Amongst the low-value items were coffee worth £2.50 from Byker police station in Newcastle, a cap badge from an officer's hat in Widnes and a copy of an antiques guide worth £5 from Basildon in Essex.

Six pints of semi-skimmed milk were stolen from Cambridgeshire Police HQ in Huntington, and a £1 cereal bowl and empty lunchbox worth £3 from Hucknall police station in Nottinghamshire.

In Devon and Cornwall, items included a betting slip, bail sheet, unwritten parking ticket and a Peter Storm fleece jacket worth £60.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16380862

Oh dear, slightly embarrassing to say the least




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Post by Guest on Mon Jan 02, 2012 10:43 am

It ranks with the findings about the amount of Drugs circulating within the secure prisons. There is obviously rank dishonesty among our law enforcement employees. When you think of the number of honest workers out of a job at the moment, who would be happy to take those jobs, why don't the authorities sack any person who is found to be involved in any kind of dishonesty. -- No if's or buts.

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Post by Guest on Mon Jan 02, 2012 1:21 pm

Have to agree with you on that Fred, police officers should be absolutely honest at all times.

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Post by Guest on Mon Jan 02, 2012 1:40 pm

Feelthelove wrote:Hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of equipment and personal belongings have been stolen from police stations across Britain, it has been revealed.

Thefts in the past five years include handcuffs, uniforms, speed guns, dogs, riot shields, and even patrol cars.

The eclectic list was revealed as a result of freedom of information requests by the Press Association.

Greater Manchester Police was the worst hit, with thieves taking a £10,000 patrol car and £30,000 private vehicle.



The force's assistant chief officer, Lynne Potts, said it took all such reports seriously and measures were in place to secure property, equipment and vehicles. The request to every force in the UK revealed thieves had taken warrant cards, bikes, riot shields, a battering ram and breathalysers.

Among the more unusual stolen items were a small fridge from Dunstable, CCTV footage and a TV from West Oxfordshire, a packet of crumpets from Priory Road police station in Hull and a fern and plastic plant pot from Lancashire Police.

Opportunist theft

A £20 mannequin was stolen from Essex Police's kennels at Epping, a 20-pack of toilet rolls vanished from West Mercia, while at Pontefract police station, in West Yorkshire, a thief made off with a £48 tea float.

The Taxpayers' Alliance, which campaigns for greater efficiency within publicly-funded organisations, said security seemed to have been compromised at some stations and called for an investigation.

"The list of stolen items is truly astonishing and taxpayers will worry that police giving out crime prevention advice can't seem to avoid being robbed themselves," said director Emma Boon. "Thefts from forces cost taxpayers money and all this equipment adds up to a big bill that could be reduced."

Forces with high-value losses

Greater Manchester - £86,910
Strathclyde - £22,524
Northumbria - £19,858
Essex - £15,406
Surrey - £9,657
Source: PA freedom of information request

Opportunist thieves took advantage of police equipment, mobile phones and unattended computers, the information also revealed.

A police patrol car was taken from outside the station at Morpeth, Northumberland in May 2008.

A Ford Galaxy patrol car went from a station in Carnforth, Lancashire, after the keys were left briefly unattended. It was later recovered.

Other forces to be relieved of vehicles included Warwickshire, Strathclyde, Lancashire and Essex.

A terrier and a lurcher were taken from a police station in Blackburn in Lancashire and on Merseyside seized pitbulls were taken.

Amongst the low-value items were coffee worth £2.50 from Byker police station in Newcastle, a cap badge from an officer's hat in Widnes and a copy of an antiques guide worth £5 from Basildon in Essex.

Six pints of semi-skimmed milk were stolen from Cambridgeshire Police HQ in Huntington, and a £1 cereal bowl and empty lunchbox worth £3 from Hucknall police station in Nottinghamshire.

In Devon and Cornwall, items included a betting slip, bail sheet, unwritten parking ticket and a Peter Storm fleece jacket worth £60.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16380862

Oh dear, slightly embarrassing to say the least




The scary one is the pitbulls being taken. When my cousin was murdered they took his two staffs to Police Kennels and both were stolen within 12 hours.

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Post by Guest on Mon Jan 02, 2012 1:47 pm

Nems Again wrote:

The scary one is the pitbulls being taken. When my cousin was murdered they took his two staffs to Police Kennels and both were stolen within 12 hours.

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Post by Guest on Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:01 pm

sassy1261 wrote:

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Its true, my poor aunt was in hysterics, thinking they had let him down because they let someone get his dogs. They got them back in the end, but they had to pay Evil or Very Mad

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Post by Guest on Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:32 pm

Your cousin was murdered? Shocked

Terrible No

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Post by Guest on Mon Jan 02, 2012 7:10 pm

Feelthelove wrote:Your cousin was murdered? Shocked

Terrible No

He was FTL. stabbed by an acquaintance on his doorstep

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Re: Police station thefts 'astonishing'

Post by Guest on Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:38 pm

Nems Again wrote:

He was FTL. stabbed by an acquaintance on his doorstep

How awful, it makes you wonder just what it's all about doesn't it Sad

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Re: Police station thefts 'astonishing'

Post by Guest on Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:52 pm

Feelthelove wrote:

How awful, it makes you wonder just what it's all about doesn't it Sad

It certainly does.

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