A police officer has been sacked for not paying full price for two packs of Jaffa Cakes from a charity stall.

PC Chris Dwyer paid 10p rather than the full price of £1, reports The Guardian.

The West Yorkshire officer initially claimed he has paid with five 20p pieces but said he could not remember what coins he had placed in the tin upon questioning.

Dyer, who joined the force in 2017 after spending 25 years in the navy said the incident was a “genuine mistake”

He was given an instant dismissal after a hearing found his behaviour was “dishonest and of criminal nature”.

Police officers actions brought ‘discredit on the police and the service’

His actions were described as an “abuse of trust” and had brought “discredit on the police and the service”.

Akbar Khan, who chaired the panel, said: “The officer is solely to blame for his own conduct, which was dishonest and of a criminal nature. The nature of his dishonesty related to underpaying for items which proceeds were to support a charity to which he was fully aware.”

West Yorkshire police issue statement

DS Mark Long, of West Yorkshire police’s professional standards directorate, said: “This officer’s actions do not fit with the values of the organisation and he has been dishonest when challenged.

“An independent, legally qualified chair has found that his breach of the standards of professional behaviour constituted gross misconduct and he has been dismissed from the force.”