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Policeman praised for his bravery

PC Andrew Francis says he was "just doing my job" Credit: West Midlands Police

A Police officer has been praised for his actions when he single-handedly broke up a fight between a group of rival football fans at a West Bromwich pub.

PC Andrew Francis was the only officer present at the Wagon and Horses on Halfords Lane in April when the fight started between fans of West Bromwich Albion and QPR.

As glasses and bottles were thrown the officer jumped in and arrested nine people before his colleagues arrived.

Six of those people were sentenced yesterday (3 December) at Birmingham Crown Court. Each person received community orders and unpaid work.

Following the hearing PC Francis said: “It was a scary experience and one which law-abiding fans should not have to put up with."

Former officer jailed for misusing force's computer to search friends

A former Nottinghamshire officer has been jailed for misusing the force's computer system to access information about people he knew.

Robert Kirk, 47, was sentenced to 8 months in jail after he pleaded guilty to one count of misconduct in a public office at Derby Crown Court earlier this month.

Kirk had been a constable at Central Police Station until the investigation which began two years ago.

It was revealed he had used the computer system over a number of years to do searches on people he knew.

He resigned at the start of the month after he pleaded guilty.

“The sentence handed down to Robert Kirk today should send a clear message that no one is above the law. As we have stated before, Kirk repeatedly exploited his position, which gave him access to confidential information not just about the individuals he had become personally involved with, but potentially, many thousands of people."

– Officer DI Rob Allison

Officer DI Rob Allison went on to say that no one is above the law and there are consequences for those who fall below the standard the public expects.

”That is what has happened to Robert Kirk. After 25 years’ service he has lost has job and now he must serve a prison sentence, which is perhaps the greatest indignity to befall any serving police officer.”

– Officer DI Rob Allison