Spalding 7/7 detective sacked for fraud

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A COUNTER-TERRORISM officer from Spalding who was jailed for his part in a property scam he ran during the 7/7 bombings investigation has now been sacked.

Daren Pooley (41) was a detective constable with the Metropolitan Police and last month was sent to prison for three years for the fraud.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said he was dismissed with immediate effect after a gross misconduct hearing.

Pooley was behind a rent fraud that cheated the taxpayer while he was on a long-term operation in Leeds in 2005.

He overcharged the Met for renting flats to the tune of £93,000 after officers were moved from expensive hotel accommodation.

Those behind the scam arranged for a letting firm to provide the flats for £650 a month, charged the Met £1,950 and pocketed the difference.

Pooley’s former wife Nicola (38) was sentenced to 36 weeks imprisonment suspended for 18 months for her role in the conspiracy.

Another relative, Stephen Butler (59), also from Spalding, who ran a property company, was jailed for a year after admitting conspiracy to defraud.

Prosecutors have begun confiscation proceedings to claw back some of the cash, none of which has been repaid.

Pooley may now also face action by the Metropolitan Police Authority to confiscate all or part of his police pension.