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Two PCSOs who framed an innocent man jailed

Thomas Fendall and Jessica Hussell. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Two Police Community Support Officers who framed an innocent man have been jailed.

Greater Manchester PCSOs Thomas Fendall, 26, from Denton was sentenced to 16 months and Jessica Hussell, 19, from Glossop, was sentenced to 19 months at Liverpool Crown Court.

Fendall and Hussell pleaded guilty to Misconduct in a Public Office at an earlier hearing after it was discovered that they had supplied false information, purporting to be from GMP, to the DVLA which resulted in an innocent man having his license revoked on medical grounds.

They also pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice after it was discovered that they provided false information to the charity Crimestoppers naming the same man as being responsible for a fail-to-stop collision where another PCSO was injured.

Fendall had pleaded guilty to another count of misconduct in a public office and four counts of computer misuse relating to the GMP intelligence system.

The pair were arrested in August 2015 after an investigation by GMP's Serious Collision investigation Unit. They were suspended from GMP upon arrest.

"The actions of Fendall and Hussell undermine everything that is at the heart of policing in this country.

"The public expect and deserve those in public office to act honestly and impartially at all times; those working for the Police should demonstrate the highest levels of integrity.

"I hope that this investigation and today's sentences offer reassurance to the public, in particular, those personally affected by the actions of Fendall and Hussell."

– Sergeant Lee Westhead from GMP's Serious Collision Investigation Unit