A corrupt police officer demanded hundreds of pounds from posh hotels to give advice on guns he was supposed to offer for free. Paul Duffield, 55, pocketed more than £700 by scamming the upmarket venues in a one-month crime spree. His civilian role with North Yorkshire Police in 2017 involved visiting venues to offer tips on the safe storage of firearms. But the disgraced copper instead invoiced the plush Feversham Arms and Black Swan hotels in Helmsley, North Yorkshire, more than £300 each. This was to tell them where their shotguns used by guests for grouse shooting should be kept. His bosses found out weeks later and Duffield was suspended. Yesterday, he was sentenced to 10 months in jail after admitting two counts of misconduct in public office and two firearms charges. Jailing Duffield, Judge Sean Morris told him: “You attended these premises on leave days and arranged for private payment for your inspections. “The most you could have gained was around £800. That was a corrupt practice. “Corruption is like a creeping cancer. It may have small beginnings but it can rapidly spread. Fortunately, in your case it was arrested – literally – before it could go any further…. Read full this story
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