A FORMER special inspector for Wiltshire Police who lied in letters about her son's traffic charge has been told she could be jailed.

Karen Ravenscroft yesterday admitted writing a letter to the police containing false information between February 22, 2017, and April 30, 2018.

The defendant, who works at Bassett House care home in Royal Wootton Basset, sent the letter when her 36-year-old son was facing a road traffic charge.

Ravenscroft, 61 of Short Street, Melksham, pleaded guilty to a single count of perverting the course of justice.

Judge Peter Crabtree OBE adjourned the case to Monday, September 2, for sentencing. He told Ravenscroft: “You have pleaded guilty to an extremely serious offence, where the starting point for reasons that don’t require me to mention is custody.”

Ravenscroft was a special constable first in Merseyside, transferring to Wiltshire Police when she moved to the county.

She spent more than 14 years as a volunteer police officer, rising to the rank of inspector.

In 2013 she was a part of the team of specials in the Calne and Chippenham area which won a regional award for their work with young people.

Their Bluez ‘n’ Zuz programme worked closely with young people in the Calne area who were reported as being involved in anti-social behaviour.

The disco and games evening was set up for 13 to 17-year-olds and was designed to let underage teenagers enjoy a night out in a realistic but safe environment.

Police said the work helped reduce reports of anti-social behaviour and developed a greater level of understanding between them and young people.