Dishonest Gravesend cop jailed for abusing position
PUBLISHED: 09:44 04 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:32 04 April 2013
A dishonest Gravesend police officer has been jailed for two and a half years for unauthorised use of police check on a man suspected of involvement in the £53 million Securitas heist.
Eileen Arthurs denied five charges of misconduct in a police office dating back to 2003 several years but she was convicted by a jury yesterday at Maidstone Crown Court.
The 52-year-old, of Wansunt Road, Bexley, had been working as a neighbourhood officer in north Kent when the offences happened.
The force said Arthurs had accessed the records of a friend, who was known to police, on several occasions with no professional reason to do so.
Asst Ch Con Gary Beautridge said: “The vast majority of officers serve with the utmost integrity, honour and pride.
“It is important that those rare few who cross the line are dealt with appropriately and charged if an offence has been committed.”
Arthurs was arrested on March 20 of last year when she requested that a colleague performed a check on a vehicle using the police national computer. The check was performed and Arthurs took a print out of the information.
After her shift Arthurs was driving home when she was stopped by police officers. The officers found the print out of the vehicle and seized it, along with two note books. Checks were also carried out on her computer.
The police said she would be subject to disciplinary procedures.