Lancashire Police officer accused of shoplifting from Sainsbury's in Manchester Piccadilly railway station to face misconduct hearing

A Lancashire Police officer has been accused of shoplifting from a Sainsbury's store at Manchester Piccadilly railway station.

By Sean Gleaves
Thursday, 28th July 2022, 3:16 pm
Updated Thursday, 28th July 2022, 3:17 pm

PC Sam Rigby allegedly placed goods in his coat pocket before leaving the Sainsbury’s store at Manchester Piccadilly railway station without making an attempt to pay.

Lancashire Police argued this amounted to gross conduct and also breached policing standards in honesty, integrity and discreditable conduct.

PC Rigby – who has worked as the Skelmersdale Rural Community Beat Manager – was subsequently scheduled to face a misconduct hearing.

A Lancashire Police officer accused of shoplifting from a store at Manchester Piccadilly railway station was scheduled to face a misconduct hearing (Credit: Daniel/ Flickr)

The panel will be chaired by Chief Constable Chris Rowley on Tuesday, August 2.

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The details of the hearing stated: “It is alleged by the appropriate Authority that being a police officer with Lancashire Constabulary, PC 5345 Rigby breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour set out in Schedule 2 to the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2020.

“PC Rigby is alleged to have selected items from a Sainsbury store at Piccadilly Station in Manchester, placed the items in his coat pocket and then left the store having made no attempt to pay for any of the items.

“The matters aforesaid amount to gross misconduct and to a breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour of Honesty and Integrity and Discreditable Conduct.”