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Surrey Pc jailed for Oxted jewellery raid plot

Dustin Hunter
Image caption Dustin Hunter admitted encouraging or assisting an offence and three counts of theft

A corrupt Surrey policeman who admitted plotting a raid at a jewellery store has been jailed for seven years.

Pc Dustin Hunter provided stolen police uniforms as well as detailed plans on how to carry out the supposed raid at Decorus jewellers in Oxted, Surrey.

Harrow Crown Court heard the 30-year-old was unaware the man he was assisting to carry out the robbery was an undercover policeman.

Defending, Michael Boardman admitted: "He has fallen severely from grace."

The court heard police had launched an investigation into Hunter after he was convicted of possession with intent to supply cannabis.

Hunter, formerly of Crawley, West Sussex, was contacted by the undercover officer, known only as John, in January.

Foiled attempt

They arranged to meet at the White Horse pub in Parsons Green, west London.

Simon Edwards, prosecuting, said Hunter told John he had worked on an investigation into an attempted robbery at the Oxted jewellers.

During the course of several further meetings at the same pub, the pair planned another robbery at the jewellers.

The court heard Hunter handed John a typed note with information about the foiled attempt and tips on how to avoid getting caught.

He also gave John two stolen police hats, two reflective jackets and a special constable's hat badge, for which he was paid £500.

The robbery was set to take place on 20 March, but Hunter was arrested at a hotel at Clacket Lane Services on the M25.

'Fallen from grace'

Mr Boardman, defending Hunter, said he had joined the force when he was 19.

He added: "It's something he always wanted to do. Quite clearly he has fallen severely from grace."

At Winchester Crown Court on 26 July Hunter, admitted encouraging or assisting an offence and three counts of theft.

Earlier at Harrow Crown Court on 13 July, he was also convicted of possession with intent to supply cannabis.

Sentencing Hunter, Recorder Michael Caplan QC, said: "You have shown complete contempt for law and order, which you as a police officer had pledged to uphold."

Det Ch Insp Simon Humphreys said: "Hunter abused his position for his own personal gain and as a force we did not hesitate to take action."

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