Tyne & Wear

Northumbria police officer and wife face drugs charge

A policeman has appeared in court charged with Class A drugs offences.

Det Sgt Paul Thompson, 43, from Northumbria Police, is also accused of aiding his criminal friends by accessing confidential police records.

He and his wife, Susan Thompson, 44, who was described in court as a "high flying housing executive", allegedly supplied their friends with cocaine.

They denied all charges against them at Newcastle Crown Court including misconduct in public office.

Mr Thompson, of Dipton, County Durham worked at Gill Bridge Police Station in Sunderland and was the subject of months of undercover surveillance by his fellow police officers.

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