Police Community Support Officer jailed for issuing fake cycling fines

Issued hundreds of bogus fixed penalty notices

by Sarah Barth   July 17, 2012  

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An award winning police community support officer who created hundreds of bogus cycling offence penalty notices has been jailed for six months.

George McNaught, 48, used names and address details found on lost property to create the fines, most of which were for cycling on the pavement. He even sent a notice to a man who had not been able to cycle for more than ten years due to an accident.

Having won a commendation of the High Sheriff of London for wrestling a gun out of the hands of a woman at Victoria station in 2009, his eagerness for success in the role led to him creating at least 350 suspect tickets between February 2010 and September last year.

When police searched McNaught's home they also found a canister of CS gas which had been reported missing from a police locker room, the Independent reported.

Mcnaught pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office and possession of a prohibited weapon, and heard about how his actions had affected his victims.

One woman had bailiffs come to her house after she was ordered to pay £320 in fines. She had to come to a court hearing, and in her own words felt embarrassed and humiliated due to Mr McNaught.

"Another man who paid a £45 fine later told police he had an accident in 1997, and had suffered nerve damage to his left arm and shoulder, and he said he could not use a bicycle if he wanted to."

Judge John Hillen told McNaught his actions were "crazy" and said: "You were serving the public but that trust placed in you, you abused."

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When i read the headline i thought the police were supporting this officer even though he had been banged up!
Imagine how i laughed when i read it again! Silly

posted by Some Fella [748 posts]
17th July 2012 - 12:15

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+1, maybe that should read PCSO.

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3108 posts]
17th July 2012 - 12:22

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Now with less ambiguous headline, thanks guys Smile

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8031 posts]
17th July 2012 - 13:23

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I'd be curious what measures have been taken to compensate his victims. If I was one of them, I'd consider legal action against him.

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posted by OldRidgeback [2194 posts]
17th July 2012 - 14:19

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Ha! The police won't be compensating the victims. They're not like that.

posted by nod [61 posts]
17th July 2012 - 14:31

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Oooh, he's going to have such a fun time in prison...

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
17th July 2012 - 15:13

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In my (admittedly limited experience) PCSO's are generally a waste of space and many are puffed up with the feeling of power

Nothing in the article surprises me

posted by mad_scot_rider [546 posts]
17th July 2012 - 16:41

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You pay peanuts you get monkeys.

Mind you i work with a few and they are better than some cops where i work, cant speak for all of them though.

If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it. Gaius Julius Caesar.

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posted by stumps [2712 posts]
17th July 2012 - 18:56

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mad_scot_rider wrote:
In my (admittedly limited experience) PCSO's are generally a waste of space and many are puffed up with the feeling of power

Nothing in the article surprises me

This documentary is a pretty good example of what theyre like Wink

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posted by zanf [484 posts]
17th July 2012 - 21:04

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stumps wrote:
You pay peanuts you get monkeys.

Mind you i work with a few and they are better than some cops where i work, cant speak for all of them though.

They're not paid peanuts. They get double what I take home for full time work (just over £10k)... and its incremental iirc.

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posted by downfader [201 posts]
18th July 2012 - 12:40

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Never had any problems with PCSOs. They do a good job round our patch and go the extra mile for older and vulnerable residents.

Sounds like this character lost the plot though - probably needs treating for mental illness rather than being banged up.

posted by Campag_10 [153 posts]
18th July 2012 - 17:07

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