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West Midlands special constable Mahesh Randeria sentenced

A special constable has been given a suspended jail term after admitting fraudulently claiming travel expenses, police said.

Mahesh Randeria, 51, claimed more than £1,300 extra for petrol expenses between October 2010 and November 2013, Birmingham Crown Court heard.

He was handed a four-month prison sentence suspended for 12 months.

West Midlands Police said Randeria, who was based at Birmingham Central station, had been suspended.

He would "now be subject of an internal discipline process now that the criminal investigation is completed", it said.

Randeria, who police said has worked for the force for 28 years, was ordered to 180 hours of unpaid work.

He was ordered to pay back £1,343.50 to the force and pay court costs of £340.

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