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PC Chris Findley death: Bilston teen admits manslaughter

Chris Findley
Image caption West Midlands Police said PC Chris Findley had become involved in a "scuffle" outside the club

A teenager has admitted manslaughter after an off-duty police officer died following a "scuffle" outside a Wolverhampton nightclub.

PC Chris Findley, 33, suffered severe head injuries outside Divine Bar, on Darlington Street, at about 04:30 GMT on 28 January, police said.

He was left unconscious in the road and died in hospital, 10 days later.

Dale Dixon, 19, from Bilston appeared at Wolverhampton Crown Court earlier. He will be sentenced on 25 July.

PC Findley was walking past the club when he became involved in a row with a man and women leaving the venue and was left unconscious in the road, police said.

Ch Insp Paul Betts said PC Findley, who was single, had spent most of his time with the force working with the neighbourhood police team in Smethwick.

Mr Betts said: "Chris was a proactive, hard-working officer who was a credit to the service and the communities of Sandwell.

"He will be sadly missed by all that knew him."

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