Investigation into theft from Leek Wootton

28 March 2012 09:26

Investigation into theft from Leek Wootton

Warwickshire Police is conducting a criminal investigation into the theft of £113,000 from a secure storage area at its Leek Wootton premises.

The investigation is being carried out by the Anti Corruption Unit of Warwickshire Police’s Professional Standards Department.

Warwickshire Police has formally referred this matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which has decided that it should be investigated locally. Warwickshire Police Authority has also been informed.

The money had been seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act in 2009 following a successful operation that resulted in the conviction of three people at Warwick Crown Court in January 2010 for a variety of offences including possession of firearms and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

The money was reported as missing on September 30 2011. Since this date, a confidential investigation has been taking place to try and identify the offender/s.

The force has now determined that a wider appeal for information from its workforce and the public is necessary.

All members of the force have been informed of the theft and anyone with any information is asked to contact Warwickshire Police on 01926 4150000 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


Anne Tugwell

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