Cambridgeshire Police

The “kindest, gentlest, honest and most caring man” from a village near Stamford, and his dog, were tragically killed when his car hit a tree.

Philip Griffiths, 34, of Parker Road in Wittering, was driving a grey Peugeot 407 northbound, near the junction with the A43 at Wothorpe in Cambridgeshire. When the car left the road it hit a tree just before 3am on Sunday, March 14.

Mr Griffiths and his 14-month-old Border Collie Sammi were pronounced dead at the scene.

Philip’s partner Hayley Barnett said: “Phil was the kindest, gentlest, honest, most caring man I’ve ever met, with so much love to give.

“I’m so grateful for the all of the time he dedicated to me, all the happy memories we got to make together, and had so much love for him.

“Phil brought happiness and fond memories to everyone he met. My heart broke the day Phil and Sammi left our lives. We were inseparable while he was here and our hearts will always be entwined.

“Phil will be forever in my heart and memories, never forgotten and always loved, appreciated and greatly missed. Time may pass but the love and memories will always stay”.

Philip’s partner Hayley described him as the kindest, gentlest, honest and most caring man she’d ever met.

In a tribute, Philip’s family said: “Philip was a much-loved daddy, son, brother, and friend to all. Philip leaves behind three beautiful children who loved their daddy very much and are devastated by his loss.

“Philip had a very loving family and will be sorely missed by all who loved him. Philip will be forever in his family’s hearts and memories. He will also be remembered as a kind and friendly man by anyone who knew him.”

Cambridgeshire Police are appealing for anyone with information or dashcam footage to contact them via their web chat service or online forms quoting incident 51 of March 14. It can also be reported by calling 101.

A police officer has been sacked for using the barcode for 7p carrots to buy 12 Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

PC Simon Read bought the doughnuts while on duty for Cambridgeshire Police in a Tesco Extra store in Wisbech, near the Lincolnshire border, on February 10.

He had been accused of scanning a 7p carrot barcode to pay for 12 Krispy Kreme doughnuts, which cost £9.95.

He was called for a disciplinary hearing for this and has been sacked for gross misconduct as a result.

The disciplinary panel found that PC Read had in fact scanned the wrong barcode on purpose, despite his claims that it was “an honest mistake”.

This is a claim that was described as “lacking in credibility” by those conducting the hearing.

CCTV footage caught PC Read red handed, as it showed him look at the screen to select his payment method and put the carrots on the doughnuts box, the same side as its barcode.

PC Read’s lawyer, Carolina Bracken, told the panel that the officer has had prank calls since the incident from people offering him doughnuts.

He was found to have breached the standards of professional behaviour within the force at the two day hearing in Peterborough, which concluded on Thursday.

It means that Read has been relieved of his duties after joining the Cambridgeshire force in January.

Deputy Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire Police, Jane Gyford, said: “The public should be able to trust that police officers in their duty will act with honesty and integrity at all times.

“We expect the highest standards from our officers, but PC Read’s conduct has been found to have fallen short of our expectations.

“I hope this outcome offers reassurance to our communities that our officers and staff will be held to account for their actions.”

PC Read has a right to appeal the panel’s decision, but it is unclear if he will go ahead with it.

A police officer faces a misconduct hearing this month after allegedly replacing the barcode on a 12 Krispy Kreme doughnut box with one for 7p carrots whilst on duty south of Lincolnshire.

PC Simon Read of Cambridgeshire Police is alleged to have entered the Tesco Extra store in Wisbech in police uniform whilst on duty on February 10 this year.

He is accused of selecting a tray containing 12 Krispy Creme donuts priced at £9.95 before going to the fruit and vegetable area and using the self-service scales to obtain a self-adhesive barcode price label for 7p carrots.

This label was then stuck onto the donut tray and at the self-service checkout PC Read “intentionally scanned the barcode for the carrots instead of the barcode for the donuts”.

PC Read will face a misconduct hearing on November 25 and 26 at the East of England Arena & Events Centre, East of England Showground in Peterborough.

It is alleged that he breached the standard of professional behaviour concerning honesty, integrity and discreditable conduct.

The breach is so serious that, if proven, dismissal would be justified and consequently it amounts to gross misconduct.

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