Two Heathrow workers who stole cargo destined for the Middle East, and mail for serving American soldiers have been jailed for 18 months.

Paul Embery, 41, and his supervisor Kieran McKeown, 34, "orchestrated a large number of premeditated thefts from the airport" in November and December last year, according to police.

They were arrested after the theft of cargo passing through the airport to be transported overseas, including to the Middle East and Afghanistan, prompted an investigation.

Officers recovered high-value electrical items and other property, including post for American army personnel.

Paul Embery
 
Kieran McKeown

Embery, of Holmes Way, Littlehampton (left) admitted to five counts of theft by employee, and two counts of possession of criminal property.

McKeown, of Staines Road West in Ashford, Surrey, admitted to two counts of theft by employee, and one count of possessing criminal property.

They were sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court today, Friday May 2.

Detective Inspector Ian Robinson said: "This case highlights the commitment of SO18 - Aviation Security to combat criminality at Heathrow, particularly involving airport employees. We hope this will deter anyone from committing crime in and around the confines of Heathrow Airport."