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Policewoman is jailed for £60,000 sports car sting

PUBLISHED: 18:15 23 June 2010 | UPDATED: 10:59 12 August 2010

A policewoman who used her position to help steal a £60,000 Lamborghini has been jailed for two years, writes Tim Dickens. Mother-of-one Hayley Cloud, 27, of Ockham Drive, Orpington, was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court. The court heard she worked t

A policewoman who used her position to help steal a £60,000 Lamborghini has been jailed for two years, writes Tim Dickens.

Mother-of-one Hayley Cloud, 27, of Ockham Drive, Orpington, was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court.

The court heard she worked together with her boyfriend, prison officer Ian Cooper, to alter police database records that assisted other criminals to steal a string of high powered sports cars.

As well as authorising the release of the Lamborghini from the police car pound in Charlton, Cloud admitted making a string of changes to databases that allowed others to get away with the theft of a number of high powered cars.

Cloud was jailed for two years in prison for each of the three counts, conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office, theft and handling stolen goods. The sentences will be served concurrently.

Sentencing Cloud last Thursday, Judge Geoffrey Rivlin, QC, said: "I hardly need to spell out the aggravating features of this offending to you, but they include the fact that this was a far reaching, grave breach of trust on your part, heavily damaging to the reputation of the police force.

"It must be said that offences of this kind are bound to result in the public losing confidence in the police, the very section of society they must feel they can trust.

Cloud, based at Deptford Station, had worked for Lewisham police since July 2002. Her boyfriend Ian Cooper, 33, is the father of her son. He also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public place and handling stolen goods and will be sentenced at a later date.

Cloud had received instructions from organised criminals, who cannot be named for legal reasons, to carry out police checks on stolen cars and, on some occasions, to alter the records to enable the cars to be sold on.

In May 2008 Hayley Cloud sent a fax to Charlton car pound, in Bramshott Avenue, authorising the release of a £60,000 Lamborghini Gallardo that had been involved in a hit and run accident.

She also admitted handling stolen police radios.

Kevin Baumber, defending Cloud, said: "She had joined the force for the right reasons but, sadly, abused her position.

"For any police officer prison represents hard time, and for this ex police officer that is certainly no different.

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