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West Midlands Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Yvonne Mosquito suspended over 'potential gross misconduct'

Yvonne Mosquito has been suspended from her job because of a visit she made to the family of murder victim Kenichi Phillips. Photo: ITV News Central

The West Midlands Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner has been suspended from her job because of a visit she made to the family of murder victim Kenichi Phillips.

Yvonne Mosquito called on Mr Phillips' family on Monday night, five days after the teenager was shot dead as he sat in a car in Ladywood.

18-year-old Kenichi Phillips was killed as he sat in a black Seat Leon on St Marks Crescent in the Ladywood area of Birmingham on Thursday 17 March. Credit: West Midlands Police

Ms Mosquito, who is also a Labour councillor for the Nechells ward on Birmingham City Council, was informed of her suspension in an email late yesterday afternoon.

"I can confirm that David Jamieson, the Police and Crime Commissioner, has suspended me. I strenously deny all of the allegations."

– Yvonne Mosquito

In a statement, the Office of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner said:

“Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Yvonne Mosquito has been suspended from her post with immediate effect. An internal investigation is underway into potential gross misconduct following concerns raised about interference into operational policing regarding an on-going serious investigation.”

– Chief Executive of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner Jonathan Jardine