Brum Cop Accused of Leaking Secrets to Gangs; Exclusive Officer Denies Fraud, Theft and Misconduct Charges

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Byline: BY JEANETTE OLDHAM

A POLICE officer is facing trial after being accused of passing on restricted intelligence information to criminal gangs in the Midlands.

The 24-year-old constable joined West Midlands Police in April 2004 and was suspended in October 2007.

He was arrested in June this year and charged with misconduct in a public office, theft, conspiracy to defraud and evading liability by deception.

Two Birmingham men have also been charged in connection with the same case.

They are facing offences of aiding and abetting in the offence of misconduct in a public office, as well as handling stolen goods and conspiracy to defraud.

The three men pleaded not guilty to all the charges at a hearing at Birmingham Crown Court on December 17.

They will stand trial at the same court this summer.

It is understood that the charges relate to claims that the police officer passed restricted and highly sensitive police intelligence to individuals connected to a notorious Birmingham street gang.

The alleged offences took place during a period of heightened gang activity in Birmingham which resulted in a number of high-profile court cases and convictions.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police confirmed that the officer had joined the force nearly five years ago and was based in the city centre.

He was suspended on full pay in October 2007 and then arrested the following June following an investigation. …