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PC on theft charge

PUBLISHED: 14:24 30 December 2009 | UPDATED: 15:45 16 August 2010

FIVE people, including a PC and a prison officer, are to stand trial on a string of charges. The accused, who are based in several boroughs

FIVE people, including a PC and a prison officer, are to stand trial on a string of charges.

The accused, who are based in several boroughs, including Bexley and Lewisham, are due to appear at Southwark Crown Court on February 17.

Natalie Ricketts, 26, from Hayes, resigned from her police job in Bexley in June, after she was arrested in May.

She is on conditional bail after being charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct, conspiracy to steal, acts capable of encouraging or assisting the commission of misconduct and theft.

PC Hayley Cloud, 26, from Orpington, who is suspended from her post in Lewisham borough, is also on conditional bail after being charged with misconduct in a public office, conspiracy to steal, theft, conspiracy to commit misconduct and handling stolen goods.

Prison officer Ian Cooper, 33, from Orpington, has been charged with conspiracy to cause misconduct, conspiracy to steal, conspiracy to convey list-A articles into prison, conspiracy to convey list-B articles into prison and handling stolen goods. He remains on conditional bail.

Thomas King 26, from Sutton-at-Hone, is charged with conspiracy to cause misconduct and conspiracy to steal, theft, acts capable of encouraging or assisting the commission of misconduct, two counts of possession with intent to supply class-A drugs, possession with intent to supply class-B drugs, conspiracy to convey list-A articles into prison and conspiracy to convey list-B articles into prison. He was granted conditional bail.

Robert Talbolt, 32, of no fixed abode, was the only one of the five to be remanded in custody when they appeared before City of Westminster magistrates on December 15. He was charged with conspiracy to steal, theft, acts capable of encouraging or assisting the commission of misconduct, conspiracy to convey list-A articles into prison, conspiracy to cause misconduct and conspiracy to convey list-B articles into prison.

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