Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Corrupt Officer Jailed for Six Years

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Corrupt Officer Jailed for Six Years

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Byline: By Chloe Griffiths

Corrupt policeman Jason Singh was jailed for six years yesterday for masterminding raids on cash machines to fund his cocaine habit.

The disgraced Northumbria Police officer was the ringleader of a gang, including his younger brother Craig, who targeted ATMs and stole more than pounds 13,000.

The 23-year-old, who was on Newcastle United's books as a teenager, further abused his position when he accessed confidential information in a bid to steal pounds 30,000 from a mentally ill woman.

Singh, of Dunston, Gateshead, was jailed after Newcastle Crown Court heard he had resorted to crime to pay for his spiralling drug problems ( which had left him nearly pounds 30,000 in debt.

Judge Esmond Faulks, sentencing, said Singh had "tarnished" the integrity and honesty of the police.

He then sentenced his five accomplices to a total of 13 years imprisonment.

The gang were caught following a complex undercover operation by the Integrity Unit of Northumbria Police, after officers became suspicious of the company that bodybuilder Singh was keeping.

They hid listening devices in his car and heard the gang discussing potential targets, plans to obtain professional tools and plotting raids.

On the night of November 15, the gang used power tools to break into the Total garage in Clockmill Road, Dunston, Gateshead, escaping with pounds 13,500 and causing pounds 14,000 worth of damage. They then carried out a botched raid at a petrol station in Derwenthaugh Road on December 28, but were forced to flee without any cash after being disturbed.

The following night they tried to repeat their theft from the first garage, but officers who had been tracking the gang were lying in wait.

Singh appeared in court with his brother Craig, of Ryde Terrace, Dunston; Mark McDonald, 26, of Chelsea Gardens, Deckham; Shane Faife, 25, of Curzon Street, Bensham; Justin Brown, 28, of Fernlough, Windy Nook, all Gateshead; and Peter Chisholm, 27, of Deerbush, West Denton in Newcastle. …

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