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Hoax terror kidnap officer struck off by West Midlands Police

Amar Tasaddiq Hussain Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Amar Tasaddiq Hussain was "the last person" who ought to be serving with the police, the judge said

A police officer who sparked a bogus IS kidnap alert in his force has been struck off.

Amar Tasaddiq Hussain, from Yardley in Birmingham, made a hoax 999 call claiming a West Midlands Police officer would be kidnapped by a radical Muslim.

He was jailed for seven years after being found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

Hussain, 29, was dismissed without notice for gross misconduct at a disciplinary hearing in his absence.

His aim was to incriminate an innocent official from a peaceful prayer group, Dawat-E-Islami, who was subsequently arrested and questioned by counter-terrorism detectives.

Chief Constable Dave Thompson said: "This was grotesque behaviour which horrified the public, staff in West Midlands Police and other people. It was a most disgraceful act."

Two other Birmingham men, unemployed Adil Bashir, 26, and tutor Muhammed Ali Sheikh, 31, were convicted of the same charge at Stafford Crown Court and were each jailed for three years.

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