Thieving Met officer Ian Scouler formally dismissed

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A Metropolitan Police officer who was jailed for theft has been formally dismissed from the force.

Ian Scouler, 46, was found guilty of theft at Southwark Crown Court earlier this month and sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.

Scouler, of Borough Green, Kent, worked at the disruption unit at Plumstead Police Station in south London.

His colleague Kenneth Potter, 30, admitted theft and handling stolen goods.

'Bad apples'

Potter, of Sevenoaks in Kent, pleaded guilty at a previous hearing and was jailed for five months.

Judge Michael Gledhill said the pair were "bad apples" who had tarnished the reputation of the Metropolitan Police (Met).

Potter put in a formal request to resign from the force in June, which was accepted.

Scouler was formally dismissed on Monday.

A Met spokesman said that in 2010 and 2011, the force received several complaints from members of the public about theft of money and property in cases handled by the unit.

Officers placed covert CCTV at an address in Sidcup Road, south-east London, that was due to be searched.

Scouler stole £400 and Potter stole £4 in cash from the property.

'Sitting in prison'

Potter was also found using a mobile phone that had been stolen from an address in July 2010.

Commander Allan Gibson, of the Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) anti-corruption team, said: "Both these men are now out of the police service and sitting in prison, having been found guilty of theft.

"The prosecution case was based on evidence gathered by the Directorate of Professional Standards.

"There is no place for criminals in the Met and the Directorate of Professional Standards will put anyone who thinks they are above the law before the courts."

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