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Norfolk detective pleads guilty to fraud offence

18:35 06 August 2014

Ipswich Crown Court

Ipswich Crown Court

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A Norfolk police officer has appeared in court to plead guilty to fraud after dishonestly obtaining a cash loan.

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Det Con Christopher Hawkins, 46, of Back Lane, Martham, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday where he admitted one charge of fraud by false representation.

He was bailed to allow for pre-sentence reports and is due to be sentenced next month.

The offence took place between March 26, 2012 and April 4, 2012 when Hawkins falsely claimed a relative had signed and agreed to be bound by the terms of a credit agreement in order to obtain a cash loan of £8,000.

The matter was reported to Norfolk Police and investigated by the Professional Standards Department (PSD). Hawkins was subsequently summonsed to court to face one charge.

Det Supt Neil Luckett, head of PSD, said: “Public confidence in the police depends on those serving with us demonstrating the highest level of personal and professional behaviour.

“The Constabulary will continue to robustly investigate any allegations of criminal conduct by its employees.”

Det Con Hawkins is currently suspended pending an internal disciplinary process at the outcome of criminal proceedings.

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