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Vigo former copper jailed after stealing from mistress

PUBLISHED: 12:48 16 December 2010 | UPDATED: 14:21 16 December 2010

Former Policeman Chris Sims outside Maidstone Crown Court

Former Policeman Chris Sims outside Maidstone Crown Court

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A married former policeman has been jailed after stealing almost £20,000 from his mistress.

Christopher Sims, of High View, Vigo, was sentenced to 18 months behind bars at Maidstone Crown Court on December 8 after Judge Martin Joy decided the planned burglary – to pay off mounting loan shark debts – was serious enough to merit prison time.

The 28-year-old, who spent six years working with Kent Police in the Gravesham area before quitting at the start of this year, targeted the home of his married lover at Oakwell House, The Avenue, on March 10, taking £19,500 in cash hidden in a tin box.

Prosecuting, Martin Yale, said: “Christopher Sims was the only person who knew how much money was there and knew where this uninsured money was kept. This was planned and targeted. He knew the money was there and knew the victim and her family were not there.”

The court heard how Sims, a trusted friend of the family, sent his mistress texts on the day to check she was not home, before carrying out the burglary.

Mr Vale described how Sims could not help returning to the scene later that day and “went around telling the police how to do their job”. When he was arrested in May, he told police he planned to leave his wife to be with his mistress.

Defending, Eleanor Sanderson said mounting debts of up to £50,000 and threats against his family forced Sims to take action.

“The greatest punishment has already been inflicted,” she said. “Chris Sims was a police constable in a highly respected job and trusted position. He has lost his good character, his reputation and trust.

“He has brought humiliation on himself and his family.”

She described the father-of-one as a “family man” and produced a positive character statement from his wife’s parents stating they still stand by him.

The £19,500 has not been recovered and Ms Sanderson said Sims was still heavily in debt

Delivering his sentence, Judge Joy said: “This was an extremely serious offence. It is, of course, extremely sad to see a person such as yourself in the dock pleading guilty to an offence such as this.”

He ordered an investigation into property confiscation to pay off Sim’s debt to the victim.

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