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Nine charged over Barkingside court corruption

Barkingside Magistrates' Court is the subject of a major police investigation. Credit: Crown Copyright

Nine people have been charged as part of a major police investigation into corruption and bribery at a court in Ilford.

The group were charged and bailed this month alongside 12 others for perverting the course of justice as a result of the Met’s investigation into Barkingside Magistrates’ Court.

All of the suspects are from Newham and are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

The investigation was launched after an allegation of corruption was made by a reporter at a national newspaper in August 2011.

Two people have also been charged with misconduct in a public office.

Munir Patel, who's from Dagenham, was jailed for six years for misconduct in public office, perverting the course of justice and bribery as a result of the operation.

He pleaded guilty and was sentenced at Southwark Magistrates Court in November 2011.

Teenager jailed for murdering his 17-year-old girlfriend

Cheryl Tariah was strangled by her boyfriend Credit: Metropolitan Police

A teenager has been jailed for life at the Old Bailey after admitting strangling his girlfriend to death.

Ako Khalid, who is 19 and from Barkingside, pleaded guilty to the murder of 17-year-old Cheryl Tariah.

The teenage was sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommendation he serve a minimum of ten-and-a-half years.

Police were called to a disturbance at a flat along the High Street in Barkingside in February.

Officers discovered the body of 17-year-old Cheryl Tariah from Chelmsford in Essex. She had been strangled.

The couple are believed to have argued before Khalid attacked Ms Tariah.