Former police officer bailed on theft and misconduct charges

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A FORMER police officer appeared in court for the first time yesterday to face charges of theft and misconduct in a public office.

James Hughes, who has resigned his position with West Yorkshire Police, was only required to give brief personal details when he appeared at Leeds Magistrates’ Court.

The case was committed to Leeds Crown Court for a hearing in a week’s time and Hughes was granted unconditional bail.

Hughes, 31, who was based at the City and Holbeck division in Leeds before he resigned in July last year, did not enter a plea.

The charges follow an investigation by West Yorkshire Police professional standards unit.

They relate to the alleged theft of cash and the alleged misuse of data held by the force when Hughes was an officer.

If the case goes to trial, it is likely to be moved to a court outside West Yorkshire.