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Police officers jailed for theft

X-Box controller
The contraband included a Microsoft X-Box

Two police officers who served in Croydon, south London, have been jailed after admitting theft.

Jerome Bradley, 35, was sentenced to eight months while colleague Dermot Sargent, 26, received 18 months.

Both were arrested and suspended from duty in December 2008 after allegations that an X-Box game console was taken from a home they had searched.

Southwark Crown Court heard an X-Box and cash were found in the officers' lockers, not the custody suite.

Police had searched their lockers and home addresses after a colleague raised concerns about the pair.

Officers sacked

In addition to the console, officers from the Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) discovered two X-Box games, two DVDs and almost £1,500.

On 16 December they were sacked.

Detective Inspector Steve Williams of the DPS said: "A police officer felt confident informing senior officers of his concerns and the DPS then conducted a thorough investigation which undoubtedly led to the guilty pleas and today's sentencing.

"The majority of Met officers act with integrity. The Met is committed to ensuring that the small minority who don't meet such standards are dealt with appropriately."

Bradley also denied a charge of possessing class A and C drugs. It was not pursued due to lack of evidence.



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