Police chief who spent three years on paid leave suspended after being accused of shoplifting

JOHN Mauger was cleared of misconduct after a three-year probe but has been suspended amid new allegations he stole football cards and batteries from a Tesco.



A TOP cop has been suspended after he was detained on suspicion of shoplifting and giving police a false name and address.

Assistant chief constable John Mauger was arrested after security guards in a Tesco store accused him of attempting to steal batteries and football cards.

Police chief suspended shoplifting

Assistant Chief Constable John Mauger.

The 54-year-old is on gardening leave from Police Scotland following a legal battle with bosses.

Mauger was taken to a police station in Colchester, Essex, following the alleged incident last month and interviewed by officers.

It’s understood he was confronted by a security guard, who claimed he found the items in his pocket.

The Scottish Police Authority suspended Mauger when they were informed of the allegations.

Mauger lost a legal challenge over his security status earlier this year, which he was stripped of after he borrowed £250,000 three years ago from convicted criminal Brian Rix.

The Court of Session was told Mauger tried to “minimise” the extent of their relationship and claimed the money was for home improvements.

He was cleared of misconduct in May 2014 and returned to work at the Scottish Police College in Tulliallan, Fife, after more than three years on paid leave.

Mauger lost a civil action against the police over the downgrading of his security status but has appealed the ruling and will learn the outcome next month.

A spokesperson for the SPA said: “We have taken the decision to place a senior officer on suspension.”

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