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WPC accused over offences with prisoners

PUBLISHED: 16:06 24 February 2010 | UPDATED: 10:46 12 August 2010

A POLICEWOMAN accused of helping two prisoners steal a Lamborghini Gallardo has appeared in court.

A POLICEWOMAN accused of helping two prisoners steal a Lamborghini Gallardo has appeared in court.

Suspended WPC Hayley Cloud, 27, of Ockham Drive, Orpington, is charged alongside prison guard Ian Cooper, 33, of the same address, and police worker Natalie Ricketts, 26, of Kensing Close, Hayes, who are alleged to have smuggled items into jail.

The two police employees are also alleged to have made unauthorised computer checks using the Scotland Yard's computer system to help jailbirds Thomas King, 26, and Robert Talbot, 32.

All three spoke only to confirm their names during the short hearing at Southwark Crown Court last Wednesday. The five defendants have not yet entered pleas.

The offences are said to have occurred between March 2008 and May last year, when King was caught in possession of various class A and B drugs.

Cooper was a prison guard at HMP Wandsworth when he is alleged to have conspired with King and Talbot to commit misconduct in public office.

He and the two prisoners are also said to have brought in unknown 'prohibited articles' to the prison.

Cloud, who was serving in Lewisham, is alleged to have helped the prisoners steal the luxury vehicle which had been impounded by the police

The two women are also alleged to have helped Talbot by conducting 'unauthorised police checks' using the police database.

Cloud is later said to have made checks on the police computer system relating to another man and passing him confidential information.

Ricketts, who has resigned, is said to have stolen a 'quantity of police radios' which were then passed onto Cloud and Cooper.

Cooper is accused of a conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office, a conspiracy to steal, two counts of a conspiracy to bring or otherwise convey prohibited articles in to prison and handling stolen goods.

Cloud is charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office, conspiracy to steal, theft, misconduct in public office and handling stolen goods.

Ricketts is accused of a conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office, conspiracy to steal, encouraging or assisting an offender and theft.

King, of May Place Road, Bexley, is accused of two counts of a conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office, conspiracy to steal, two counts of a conspiracy to bring or otherwise convey prohibited articles in to prison, theft, encouraging or assisting an offender, two counts of possessing class A drugs with intent and possessing class B drugs with intent.

Talbot, of no fixed address, is accused of two counts of a conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office, a conspiracy to steal, two counts of a conspiracy to bring or otherwise convey prohibited articles in to prison, theft and encouraging or assisting an offender. The case was adjourned and a plea and case management hearing will now be held on March 25.

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