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Officer who stole £10 given community order

The West Yorkshire PC pleaded guilty to one count of theft yesterday.

PC Stephen Knott, 54, took £10 cash from a vehicle while he was on duty in September 2021.

After receiving reports of money going missing, the force referred the case to the IOPC who oversaw an investigation by the force’s anti-corruption unit.

When the investigation concluded in January, the case was referred to the CPS which authorised a charge.

Yesterday, the officer pleaded guilty at Bradford Magistrates’ Court where he was subsequently sentenced to 80 hours unpaid work (reduced from 120 hours thanks to his early guilty plea) and a 12 month community order.

He will also pay court costs of £175.

IOPC Director of Major Investigations Steve Noonan said: “PC Knott’s behaviour was corrupt and a complete betrayal of the public’s trust. Actions like this have no place in policing.

“This abuse of trust seriously risks undermining public confidence in the police. Thanks to the actions of West Yorkshire Police in flagging up and then investigating concerns about PC Knott’s behaviour, he now has been convicted of a criminal offence. 

“It will now be for the force to arrange disciplinary proceedings for the officer.” 

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