Shropshire

PCSO Derren Tomlinson jailed for rape and bestiality

Derren Tomlinson bestiality Image copyright West Mercia Police
Image caption Derren Tomlinson admitted raping a girl under 13 and bestiality

A police community support officer (PCSO) who admitted bestiality and raping a girl under 13 has been jailed for 11 years and four months.

Derren Tomlinson, 44, pleaded guilty to the charges, and an additional count of sexual assault, at Shrewsbury Crown Court last month.

He was suspended from West Mercia Police in November 2014 and dismissed at a disciplinary hearing this month.

Judge Robin Onions described Tomlinson as a "significant risk".

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The court heard how Tomlinson, of Riverdale Road in Shrewsbury, filmed himself having sex with a dog.

Still images and video footage of abuse was found on his mobile phone.

As well as a custodial sentence he was handed an extended licence period of four years and eight months, placed on the sex offenders register for life and banned from working with children.

Steve Cullen, temporary assistant chief constable at West Mercia Police, said: "He has violated the trust that both the public and his colleagues placed in him in the most heinous of ways."

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