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Norfolk man handed one year sentence after 'fake Sheikh' sting

Alan Smith was found guilty of perverting the course of justice. Credit: PA

Norfolk man Alan Smith has been handed a 12-month sentence after he conspired with 'fake Sheikh' Mazher Mahmood to suppress evidence in the collapsed drugs trial of pop star Tulisa Contostavlos.

The pair were involved in an elaborate sting for the Sun on Sunday in May 2013. The singer had been accused of arranging for £800 worth of cocaine to be sold to Mahmood.

Smith, 67, from Dereham, agreed with Mahmood to change a statement he gave to police.

Alan Smith conspired with 'fake Sheikh' Mazher Mahmood (pictured above). Credit: Metropolitan Police

During the trial, Mahmood tried to conceal any contact he had with Smith. They then destroyed or deleted potentially incriminating evidence.

They were found guilty of perverting the course of justice following a two-week trial at the Old Bailey.

Smith was today sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for two years.

"This case is a reminder that perverting the course of justice is a very serious offence that goes to heart of our justice system. We will always take action where statements or other evidence have been tampered with."

– Detective Constable Jim Morrison, Metropolitan Police Special Enquiry Team