Ex-Norfolk policeman jailed over false insurance claim

A former Norfolk police officer has been jailed for 10 months after being found guilty of making a false insurance claim over a sports car.

Simon Hood, 43, denied lying about the theft of his Audi TT car last year while he was still a serving officer.

Peter Marsh, 41, of Tillett Close, Ormsby, was given a six-month suspended jail sentence after the court heard he disposed of the car for Hood.

Judge Alasdair Darroch at Norwich Crown Court said Hood "let the force down".

Marsh runs a garage in Gorleston, where Hood was a police officer, and employs 21 staff.

He disposed of the car for Hood, the court was told, and was sentenced to 250 hours unpaid community work.

Judge Darroch told Hood: "As a police officer you know the highest standards are demanded by the public and you let the force down.

He said to Marsh: "You misguidedly helped your friend."

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