Officer convicted of theft in Bridgwater

A Police Officer has been convicted of theft whilst on duty in Bridgwater.

Tim Silverwood was a Police Constable at the time of the incident in October 2019. Last week he was dismissed following a misconduct hearing held in front of the Chief Constable Andy Marsh.

Today he appeared at Bristol Crown Court for sentencing. Silverwood stole £2,750 and 550 euros which he had found. The cash should have been booked into the enquiry office at Bridgwater Custody Centre as found property. Instead he pocketed the money for his own personal financial gain.

Silverwood was jailed for 10 months.

Inspector Andy Roebuck, Chair of Avon and Somerset Police Federation said: “We cannot accept nor tolerate such acts from any person who is a serving police officer. The actions of a small number can have a significant bearing on the confidence of other officers and our communities. As such, there is no place for people who conduct themselves in this manner and the ultimate sanction and criminal investigation was correct. There is no place in our organisation for such people.

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