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In London, a policeman was accused of stealing a cookie from a colleague

London police officer Thomas Hooper (Thomas Hooper) was charged for disciplinary violations at work, one of which was the theft of a cookie from a colleague.

According to the Evening Standard, May 7, 2016 Hooper took a tin cookie box that belonged to his colleague.

Police spokesman Charles Apthorp explained in court that it is not the value of the stolen property, but the fact of theft itself that is important. He explained that he applied to the management of professional standards because of the seriousness of the incident. In his opinion, Hooper’s behavior “created a gap in professional behavior.”

An example of a cookie that a policeman stole. Photos of Sky News
An example of a cookie that a policeman stole. Photos of Sky News

It is not the value of the stolen property that is important, but the fact that the theft happened. This is evidence of illegal possession of others’ property. The policeman knew that the box belonged to another person, and still took it.

Charles Aptorp
police officer

London police inspector Mark Bullen explained that he warned Hooper that his deed could be regarded as a theft.

I assumed that the cookie was a treat for the tea club. I clearly remember how I told him that his actions can be regarded as a theft and, in the worst case, as a defamatory behavior.

Mark Ballen
inspector

Hooper himself claims that he was ready to share the cookies and buy a new box. He denies that he violated the standards of professional conduct.

Hooper was also accused of filing an application for the cancellation of a penalty for speeding. In May 2016, he drove at a speed of 82 kilometers per hour at a permitted speed of 48 kilometers per hour and turned on sirens when it was not necessary. Hooper claims that he drove to the department of a man from a psychiatric clinic, and in the car the air conditioner was broken. When the passenger became ill, because of the threat to his health Hooper exceeded the speed.

According to the head of the department of professional standards, Hooper could not “rush” to the office, but simply clean the car if the patient vomited. The Office considered that Hooper had lied about both incidents. Proceedings will continue on 21 February.

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