Policeman stole cannabis from evidence storeroom

MAGISTRATES sent a Boston policeman to Lincoln Crown Court for sentence when he admitted stealing cannabis held in the town’s police station storeroom for evidence.

Timothy Moorhouse, 37, of Bluebell Walk, Boston, admitted tampering with police exhibits nine times to steal cannabis for himself – and one charge of possessing the class B drug at his home.

The theft offences took place between August 4 last year and January 13 this year.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, told magistrates at Spalding on Thursday that the thefts came to light in November when an officer discovered some of the cannabis was missing from an evidence bag placed in a temporary property store at Boston Police Station.

Other bags were found to have been opened and re-sealed in the same way and inquiries, including fingerprint evidence, led to Moorhouse. A small amount of cannabis bush was found near his wardrobe when officers searched his home on January 14.

Miss Ritson said at least one court case had been affected by Moorhouse’s actions.

The prosecutor said there had been a clear breach of trust, there was potential for suspicion to fall on other colleagues and the reputation of the police station had been endangered.

She asked that the case should be sent to the higher court for sentence.

Miss Ritson said: “The breach of trust as a police officer is one of the main issues that would push this towards the crown court.”

Rachel Stevens, mitigating, said the thefts were unsophisticated because Moorhouse wrote on the evidence bags in his own handwriting.

Presiding magistrate Jim Price told Moorhouse: “You are going to be committed for sentence and the reason for that is the offences are so serious that they are beyond our punishment.”

Moorhouse had his unconditional bail extended to the crown court hearing, which will take place on a date yet to be specified.