Former police officer stole Worksop youth centre funds to pay for work on his home

Court story
Court story

A former police officer who used funds raised for a Worksop youth centre to pay for building work on his home will carry out unpaid work in the community.

Ryan Bowskill, 30, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court today (Thursday, April 5) and was given a one year prison sentence suspended for two years along with a requirement to complete 180 hours of unpaid work.

He had previously pleaded guilty to six counts of theft and one of fraud.

While working as a PCSO in 2012 Bowskill secured more than £22,000 in grant money to renovate and run a youth centre in Worksop.

But he used £420 to settle a building inspection fee at his home and a further £169 to Severn Trent Water relating to another application at his address.

To do this, he withdrew cash from an account set up to hold the grants and paid it directly into his personal bank account.

There were also a number of purchases made for materials and services which instead of being used on the renovation of the community centre were used on the house that he was living in and building an extension on.

Financial investigators also found that Bowskill, who became a PC in 2013, had falsified a signature on a grant application.

Bowskill, of Colley Lane, Weston, in Newark, had previously been found guilty of gross misconduct at an internal disciplinary Special Case Hearing at Nottinghamshire Police Headquarters on 8 February 2017.

It was found that he acted in breach of trust by taking money from the Online Youth and Community Centre account and used it to settle his own liabilities.

He admitted the entirety of the case against him and was dismissed without notice.