Constable received payout after reporting that Alfa Romeo had been stolen

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A policeman who obtained a payout from his insurance company after falsely claiming that his car had been stolen has been dismissed for gross misconduct.

Thames Valley Police sacked Tom Mynehan after he reported to police and his insurance company that his Alfa Romeo 147 had been stolen from a lay-by on the A40 between Witney and Carterton on July 30 2013.

Mynehan received a payout from his insurer, the identity of which Thames Valley has not revealed, covering the value of his vehicle.

However an investigation by the force’s professional standards department determined that Mynehan, who was a patrol officer at Cowley police station, had a case to answer for gross misconduct.

At the subsequent misconduct hearing, a panel found that Mynehan, or someone acting on his behalf, had arranged for the vehicle to be removed from the lay-by and scrapped.

The exposure of the lie to the police and to his insurance company about the disappearance of his car, triggered Mynehan’s dismissal from the force last week for two breaches of its professional behaviour standards.

Mynehan has not been charged with any criminal offence in connection with the incident.

Det Chief Supt Tim De Meyer, of Thames Valley Police’s Professional Standards Department, said: “For the public to have confidence in the police they must be able to trust us and there can therefore be no place in the police for those who do not act with integrity.