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Retired Policeman charged with theft

A row has broken out over the decision by Warwickshire Police not to name a suspect who was charged with stealing £113,000.

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Retired police officer charged with theft named

Warwickshire Police have been forced to name a former police officer who has been charged with theft.

Yesterday, 54 year old Paul Andrew Greaves, a former retired police officer, was charged with the theft of £113,000 from the former Police HQ at Leek Wootton. Warwickshire Police decided not to release his name on grounds that it was "not appropriate".

We accept that our decision not to name im was wrong and inconsistent with the current national guidance. We apologise that our previous approach has not been consistent with this.

– Warwickshire Police Statement

Warwickshire's Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Eric Wood, has issued a statement saying that he believes it is in the public interest to name individuals charged with serious offences.

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