Senior officer’s ‘dismay’ at actions of fraud cop

BTP Deputy Chief Constable Adrian Hanstock
BTP Deputy Chief Constable Adrian Hanstock

A senior officer in the British Transport Police (BTP) has expressed his “dismay” as Motherwell cop David Brown awaits sentencing on fraud charges.

Brown, an Inspector in the BTP, appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court last month and admitted two charges.

The first count relates to dates between March 2010 and February 2011, when he fraudulently obtained commission from Legal and General Assurance Society to the value of £164,565.

The second relates to an occasion in which he obtained £10,000 by false declaration to Scottish Police Credit Union, concealing certain details relating to his financial position and place of residency.

Brown will be sentenced on August 29.

British Transport Police Deputy Chief Constable Adrian Hanstock said: “Inspector Brown has admitted a pattern of criminal behaviour, which is completely incompatible with our standards of ethics and against all our professional values.

“Cases like this undermine the commitment of hardworking officers and can undoubtedly lead to a loss of trust in the police.

“Understandably the public will be dismayed to believe an officer would behave in this way.

“We share this dismay and following this admission, we will now accelerate a misconduct hearing, which could not be considered until the court had reached a decision and this will be personally overseen by the chief constable.”