Police officer who stole blank cheques from a dead man is jailed

Police officer who stole blank cheques from a dead man is jailed for two years 

Police officer who stole blank cheques from a dead man he discovered inside a house and then paid himself £4,000 is jailed for two years

  • Metropolitan Pc Robert Ward also stole £9,625 in cash from people in custody
  • He was called to an address over concerns for the welfare of the occupant
  • Ward stole two blank cheques and made them out for £4,000 but one bounced

A police officer who stole blank cheques from a dead man he discovered at a property and paid himself £4,000 has been jailed for two years.

Metropolitan Police Constable Robert Ward also stole £9,625 in cash from people who had been taken into custody at Edmonton police station.

The 36-year-old officer based in Enfield, north London, admitted a host of fraud and theft charges before being jailed at Southwark Crown Court on Friday. 

Ward’s force said he was called to an address over concerns for the welfare of the occupant in January last year before finding the man dead.

Metropolitan Police Constable Robert Ward (pictured) also stole £9,625 in cash from people who had been taken into custody at Edmonton police station

While he was there Ward stole two blank cheques and made them out to himself for £4,000 each but one bounced, police said.

Ward, of Waltham Abbey, north-east London, was also ordered to pay £4,000 compensation to the estate of Peter Jones and a further £2,000 to the Met Police, a court official said.


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Police also said he took 76 days of compassionate, carers and emergency leave on the basis his child was critically ill – but this claim emerged to be false.

Commander Catherine Roper said: ‘Cases like this, although extremely rare, undermine public trust and confidence in policing.’

Following the investigation by the Directorate of Professional Standards, Ward now faces a police misconduct hearing.

The 36-year-old officer based in Enfield, north London, admitted a host of fraud and theft charges before being jailed at Southwark Crown Court on Friday

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