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Police Sergeant Convicted For Criminal Damage

Thursday November 13 2014


South Yorkshire Police South Yorkshire Police


A SERGEANT from South Yorkshire Police has been convicted of committing criminal damage in Barnsley.

Paul Duke, 45, was reported for summons following a complaint from a member of the public that a wind chime was damaged on March 3.

Duke was found guilty at Doncaster Magistrates' Court on November 12 and was handed a 12-month conditional discharge, ordered to pay £620 costs, £16.99 compensation and a £15 victim surcharge.

It is currently being considered whether he will work for the force while the internal misconduct investigation is carried out.

Detective Supt Terry Mann said: "Members of the public quite rightly expect higher standards and behaviour from our officers and staff.

"Anyone who is found to have fallen short of those standards by committing a crime will be thoroughly investigated and put before the courts.

"The force expects its staff to act with integrity and professionalism to ensure people receive a high quality service and have a police service they can be proud of."

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Reply Posted by Mr C on Thursday November 13 2014 at 12:59
Typical police thinking they are above the law in glad its backfired on him I hope he gets sack

Reply Posted by Fred on Thursday November 13 2014 at 13:08
Should be sacked, Law to themselves and he probably tried to squeal out of it,

Reply Posted by 2sidestostory on Thursday November 13 2014 at 13:37
Not on anyone's side here, but I wonder what circumstances were, when the wind chime got damaged? was it worth £652 in costs for a £16.99 windchime?
Just wondering xx

Reply Posted by S. on Friday November 14 2014 at 06:51
Yes that's exactly how it sounds. Although the copper has to pay it all. Who the cuffs complained about a wind chime?!

Reply Posted by Mr C on Thursday November 13 2014 at 13:42
These are people who are supposed to be upholding the law a wonder what else he might have done that he hasn't been caught for and a bet that plenty of innocent people have been prosecuted for things they haven't done

Reply Posted by Mr C on Thursday November 13 2014 at 13:45
It must have been damaged in a malicious manner or he would not have been convicted 2sidestory

Reply Posted by Barnsley lass on Thursday November 13 2014 at 13:48
What a hard man damaging a wind-chime, most not all police think they can do what they want

Reply Posted by m-h on Thursday November 13 2014 at 13:51
At least south Yorkshire police have dealt with it seriously and had him in court!... why tar all police officers with same brush?? Some people have nothing better to do, suppose all you sofa cops could to a better job!

Reply Posted by diane conway on Thursday November 13 2014 at 13:52
A wind chime, it's ridiculous. People who have committed worse crimes than that get away with it.. Not worth the court cost or him losing his job. Get a grip south Yorkshire police.

Reply Posted by Mr C on Thursday November 13 2014 at 13:54
You do have a point m-h at least they have done him for it a good on what ever police officers felt with it for not sweeping it under carpet

Reply Posted by Mr C on Thursday November 13 2014 at 13:55
*delt*

Reply Posted by Mr D on Friday November 14 2014 at 14:20
or *dealt* even!

Reply Posted by Barnsley lass on Thursday November 13 2014 at 13:56
That's why I said most not all police, my cousin is a police officer and he's the most genuine Man U could ever meet and would never do something like this

Reply Posted by harry on Thursday November 13 2014 at 14:00
stop advertising a football club

Reply Posted by 2sidestory on Thursday November 13 2014 at 13:56
i get that police have a standard to uphold and all that, but I've seen what they have to put up with sometimes and wouldn't want their job for a golden goose!
If he was malicious and threatening then yeah, but he could have been pushed beyond reason by the victim? We all have a breaking point... Us humans. Xx

Reply Posted by Mr C on Thursday November 13 2014 at 14:00
They are supposed to be professional and not lose control of their actions 2sides

Reply Posted by Kip on Thursday November 13 2014 at 14:12
Can't believe all the court costs for a windchime!! Should have just been made to buy another 1, he's probably got a family to support!! Ridiculous decision!!

Reply Posted by WAWAW on Thursday November 13 2014 at 14:14
shows how many thick people they are by the comments above, court costs, damages all for a wind chime, the guy will probably lose his job and pension. Should've gone all Rodney king on her ass and pepper sprayed her then blugeoned her with his batton

Reply Posted by Mr C on Thursday November 13 2014 at 14:18
Just what he deserves WAWAW

Reply Posted by a on Thursday November 13 2014 at 15:09
hey 2sides maybe if people behave themselves then they wont get an heafty fine ooossshhh!

Reply Posted by The truth on Thursday November 13 2014 at 15:12
The police man was in a position of trust , and by abusing that trust, he abuses the uniform that he dons. How can the public hold him up to be a pillar of integrity when he him self breaks the law. The man for all I know could be a great lad a good family man, but being a policeman holds responsibility and he broke the law no matter how trivial the crime may be, and so should lose his job

Reply Posted by Mr C P on Thursday November 13 2014 at 15:47
Is it April 1st, have I missed 5 months? This is farcical. This should never have gone to court. The member of the public who reported the officer should be ashamed of them selves.

Reply Posted by Hannah on Thursday November 13 2014 at 16:01
if some one was to break a windchime of mind & I phoned the police, they would just laugh.. Or basically do nothing about it. I don't think this man deserves to loose his job over it or even pay an effty fine!

Reply Posted by Mr C on Thursday November 13 2014 at 16:05
Hannah why if you go around damaging peoples property then that's criminal damage and you should get prosecuted it seems silly for just a wind chime but why should he be above the law just because he's a pig

Reply Posted by June on Thursday November 13 2014 at 16:12
What happened to police cautions? There used to be these for crimes that were admitted, first offenses, not too serious and not likely to re-offend.

Some of the cases reported lately are just petty incidences that clog up the legal system meabing that serious offenses bad trials are delayed.

Should people lives be ruined for a momentary act that hurts no one?

Reply Posted by Barnsley lass on Thursday November 13 2014 at 16:18
Lol where's the posts gone

Reply Posted by WAB on Thursday November 13 2014 at 16:47
Deleted. Unrelated spam. Please refrain otherwise you'll be banned.

Reply Posted by Mr C on Thursday November 13 2014 at 16:19
How do we know its first time he's done something wrong he may have already had a caution and that wind chime was not there for him to destroy how would you feel if someone came to your house and damaged your property and it might not seem much to you but that wind chime might mean something to the victims

Reply Posted by MR D on Thursday November 13 2014 at 17:54
the law should be upheld whether petty or not or comitted by pc plod or jo public a president should not be set because of his /hers profession or the monetry value invovled

Reply Posted by j on Thursday November 13 2014 at 19:26
How pathetic they wouldn't come out for criminal damage to a car but yet they done him for breaking a wind chime

Reply Posted by Mr C on Thursday November 13 2014 at 19:41
Its not really pathetic if witnesses gave a statement and they had proof of the crime he committed It still is not fair that they didn't come out for your car but at least its one less copper that thinks he's above the law

Reply Posted by David lock on Thursday November 13 2014 at 20:40
Yes everyone has a go there are 2 sides to a story which you dònt know. I love all you people who live in glasshouses.

Reply Posted by Fred on Thursday November 13 2014 at 21:05
I cannot believe the story or the utter rubbish people are posting. Let's all slate the police! they deal with the lowlife of society and get nothing but hassle and very poor pay. Before you start I'm not a copper and have in fact occasionally fallen foul of the law. What this country needs is respect, gone are the days when people respected the police, or anyone for that matter, all some people need is a 'little education' in the back of the black marior.

Reply Posted by Mr C on Thursday November 13 2014 at 21:24
Fred I'm sorry but the police should be 100% law abiding if we are to trust and respect them

Reply Posted by Fred on Thursday November 13 2014 at 21:38
@Mr C

Would you or I have been charged ? I think not.

Reply Posted by Edward Mellor on Thursday November 13 2014 at 22:02
YES you would have been charged,

1 , trespassing
2 , theft of wind chime then setting fire to it,
3, he denied this and this is why it went to court.

Good on the courts and justice has been done,

Reply Posted by Mr C on Thursday November 13 2014 at 21:57
Yes we would have been charged if the victims wanted to press charges and they had evidence ie statements from witnesses or if it was caught on camera

Reply Posted by Fred on Thursday November 13 2014 at 22:37
Mr C & Edward mellor.

Utter rubbish. If I rang the police to report my wind charm had been stolen/burnt at best I'd get a crime number, no way in a million years would I get an officer to attend, never mind actually get it to court !

Reply Posted by Sal on Thursday November 13 2014 at 22:46
a wind chime ???? Words fail me ..... And back to discussing the real problems in the world ....

Reply Posted by The truth on Thursday November 13 2014 at 23:30
The wind chime is not the issue, the issue is this policeman broke the law and has lost the respect and trust that a police officer should hold. For instance if the police man went to court to give evidence against a person whom is charged with theft, would the defence have the right to question the police officers integrity, and therefore give a jury an unsure verdict

Reply Posted by Barnsley lad. on Friday November 14 2014 at 00:43
Thank God for Policemen/Women, We would be in terrible strife without them.
They are human too & work to protect us. This Policeman stuffed up and is paying for it with the appropriate penalty & discipline. Please STOP knocking the Police. Their job is a tough one.

Reply Posted by concerned citizen on Friday November 14 2014 at 02:03
who cares about a wind chime? if the police are at someones door its usually for a reason... Was the householder beyond reproach in their life on every visit that the police made to them?... they have no doubt seen a chance at getting one over on the police and these ambulance chasing so called solicitors have helped them. We are weaker for having a police force that fear offending the public.. thats how the Rotherham Pakistani pedophiles got away with it for so long. The Police have been protecting the public with one hand tied behind their backs for many years and managed, but with both hands tied crime in Barnsley will rise

Reply Posted by tom on Friday November 14 2014 at 09:18
Number of people of peak crime age is falling due to sub replacement birth rate, crime will fall.

Reply Posted by harry jones on Friday November 14 2014 at 10:53
read the full facts concerned citizen on other sites, This happened at the neighbours house, and if it was me , and my neighbour came into my garden and stole something no matter what value, it is wrong and the officer was trying to intimidate his neighbour, but met his match.. will also be getting the sack .. watch this space.

Reply Posted by Farmer on Friday November 14 2014 at 06:12
People on ere need think carefully who's first person u phone if ur house gets broke into or car the POLICE end day we all human n have sumat what makes tick he's done sumat wrong been court let him do his job he must be hard working if got to Sargent

Reply Posted by True Red on Friday November 14 2014 at 09:16
Bl-dy h--l does nobody read the posts on here, Thomsons and The truth, and a few others have put a valid point of view with out knocking the police force. The mans integrity is at question, if he commits a crime the law of the land says he has to be brought to justice, no matter how trivial the crime

Reply Posted by well well on Friday November 14 2014 at 13:26
I suppose it depends on how determined your neighbour is and how far they push things

Reply Posted by Mr C on Friday November 14 2014 at 13:41
Well I would have been determined and pushed it as far as I could he is a complete disgrace

Reply Posted by sweet on Friday November 14 2014 at 21:30
A wind charm seriously how pathetic ..... frigging shop lifters get less than that..... just because hes a police officer they just making an example out of him its wrong

Reply Posted by Mr A on Friday November 14 2014 at 21:54
WAB get a grip on Mr C, you suppose to be looking after this site but you are letting Mr C constantly abuse the Police with offensive language which is meant in that context. Obviously Mr C knows about the Police system and seems to like using the word pig. It seems like his vocabulary is very small. I guess he's been on the other side of the law to hate them so much. If the officer has committed this crime then he deserves to be punished for it however if he denied the offence then the only option was to be tried at court to determine the outcome. Everyone seems to think it's an easy job to be a police officer but try and put yourself in their shoes and try to make everyone happy. I'm sure you would find the job difficult and come across the likes of Mr C on a daily basis. Oh and Mr C I'm sure your choice of words don't actually offend the fine officers of this country because I'm sure they are made of stronger stuff than you and deal with far worse than you can give

Reply Posted by Col on Friday November 14 2014 at 23:06
Here here Mr C is also posting in many aliases and WAB need to sort this idiot out, site has become a free for all and not many debates,

Reply Posted by Out of town on Sunday November 16 2014 at 18:42
What a lot of people sadly seem to be overlooking is that the police sargeant entered his neighbours garden, was caught red handed on CCTV, stealing and then destroying the item. The fact that he then lied about it is disgusting, not fit to wear a uniform. Shame on you.

Reply Posted by Rotherham citizen on Thursday November 20 2014 at 22:01
The sergeant was caught on camera trespassing, damaging property and then lying to the police about his actions. He continued to lie until he was shown the footage. Then he changed his story to another lie. Confined to lie and get his family to lie on his behalf!! If he's been decent and admitted his actions it wouldn't have gone to court and cost so much. Joe public wouldn't have got away with it so why should a police Sargent. How can he uphold the law and hold other accountable when he doesn't follow the rules himself. I have family who are police officers. This sergeant should lose his job and shouldn't be allowed to serve. Maybe if the police were held accountable for their actions then the public would have more trust, faith and respect in the police force. The member of the public who reported him and saw this through to the end did the right this to stand up for what is right.