A burglar’s £44,500 mobile phone bill was paid for by police in North Wales after he ran up the charges while on bail.
North Wales Police had given the offender a mobile phone – which was thought to be on Pay As You Go – to help integrate him into the community.
Two people were since arrested but no one was charged.
I don’t suppose either was the cop so profligate with taxpayer money?
Tracey Martin, from North Wales Police, told the BBC: “A phone allows two way communications between the offender and the support agencies to provide encouragement and to keep the individual on track for the benefit of the community as a whole.
“Unfortunately on this occasion a contract phone was mistakenly given and then misused. The situation was dealt with as soon as it came to light in 2014 and we have since improved our procedures to ensure that it can’t happen again.”
By, hopefully, no longer buying phones and lending them to criminals?