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Former Sussex Police officer jailed for suspect tip-off

A former police officer has been jailed for 14 months for tipping off a suspect about a potential raid.

Grania Hale, 34, of Newbury in Berkshire, admitted a charge of misconduct in public office last month.

Maidstone Crown Court heard she told a suspect that a search warrant was likely to be executed.

Hale resigned from her role with Sussex Police shortly after being charged on 10 August. She had served as a police constable in Haywards Heath.

Det Supt Steve Fowler, of the professional standards department, said the sentence reflected the seriousness of the offence.

He said: "She chose to break the fundamental bond of trust by passing on police information to a suspect.

"In doing so, she let the public, Sussex Police, her colleagues and herself down very badly."

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