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Community officer leaked information to criminals

A West Midlands Police community support officer (PCSO) has been jailed for leaking confidential information to a convicted drug dealer and carrying out illegal searches on force computer systems.

Andrew Thompson, 43, from Tipton was a PSCO and previously a special constable in Sandwell. He was given a two-year sentence after admitting that he gave sensitive intelligence to a woman with whom he had begun a relationship, as well as her husband.

Community support officer Andrew Thompson passed on sensitive information which ended in the hands of a convicted drug dealer. Credit: PA

The information - which included custody images, intelligence logs and personal details about people involved in West Midlands criminality - was then sold on to Brian Baker, a convicted drug dealer.

Marie and Barry Parkes, also from Tipton, were both found guilty of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office after repeatedly tasking Thompson to provide the details.

Baker, from Rowley Regis, also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office and was sentenced to two years and eight months, on top of a seven-year jail term already being served for drugs offences.