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Police officer jailed for benefits fraud

A police officer who lied to cover up a £20,000 benefit fraud has been jailed. Credit: PA Wire

A police officer who lied to cover up a £20,000 benefit fraud has been jailed.

PC Steven Cook, 38, of West Midlands Police admitted to perverting the course of justice after his girlfriend wrongly claimed housing, income support and tax benefits over a two-and-a-half years period.

He was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment and ordered to pay £750 costs at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

He was suspended from the force when the allegations came to light and will now face gross misconduct disciplinary proceedings.

Ch Insp Brian Carmichael of West Midlands Police said: "We demand the highest standards from all our officers and PC Cook failed to show the level of honesty and integrity we expect from someone in such a position of trust."

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Army called in after rusting hand grenade found

The hand grenade was found on a towpath in Perry Barr Credit: BPM

Army bomb disposal officers were called to a canal towpath in Perry Barr, Birmingham after a passerby found a rusting hand grenade.

The towpath was sealed off when the discovery was made yesterday morning.

Police were sent to the scene, off Kingsdown Avenue, and the EOD bomb squad was also despatched.

A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said that what looked like a “rusty grenade” was found near a Sea Cadet base.

Residents living along Kingsdown Avenue spoke of a flurry of police activity. They said work was being carried out on the canal. 58-year-old Lloyd Russell said:

They made sure nobody could get on the shortcut on to the canal. I never heard a bang or anything and then they all drove off. They didn't have the siren on, it was low key.

– Local resident, Lloyd Russell

Police said it was made safe by the Army officers and there was no explosion.

The scene was reopened early on Wednesday afternoon.

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