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Thames Valley Police officer sacked over false car theft claim

Cowley police station Image copyright Steve Daniels
Image caption Tom Mynehan worked as a patrol officer at Cowley police station

A police patrol officer who falsely claimed his car had been stolen has been dismissed for gross misconduct.

PC Tom Mynehan, of Thames Valley Police, reported his car stolen from an A40 lay-by in Oxfordshire, in 2013.

He also told his insurance company and his insurers issued him with a cheque for the value of the Alfa Romeo 147.

However, an investigation found either he, or someone acting on his behalf, had arranged for the car to be removed and scrapped, the force said.

'He lied'

Mr Myenhan said the car had been stolen from a lay-by between Witney and Carterton in July 2013.

Thames Valley Police said the force's professional standards department investigated the matter when "concerns about the report arose".

Following a subsequent misconduct hearing, it was discovered "he lied to the police and to his insurance company about the disappearance of his car", the force said.

Thames Valley Police said Mr Mynehan, who was a patrol officer at Cowley police station, was dismissed on Friday for two breaches of the force's standards of professional behaviour, but had not been charged with any criminal offence.

The force said regulations allowed Mr Mynehan to submit an appeal within 10 working days of his dismissal.

Det Ch Supt Tim De Meyer said he hoped the outcome sent a strong message to other police officers.

"The dismissal of PC Mynehan shows that there will be serious consequences for officers who are found to have been dishonest and that the public can trust Thames Valley Police to take tough action to tackle misconduct," he said.

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