Disgraced Telford police officer sentenced

A disgraced police officer who admitted failing to investigate complaints by the public has been sentenced.

Clare Stretton was dismissed from West Mercia Police last year for an "inappropriate relationship" with an elderly bereaved father.

The 49-year-old from Telford admitted misconduct in public office and was given an eight month suspended sentence.

She was also given a 140 hour community service order at Hereford Crown Court.

Previously, the force was ordered to pay an undisclosed sum to the family of a murder victim Colin Foulkes following allegations Ms Stretton, appointed as a family liaison officer, had a sexual relationship with his elderly father.

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Det Supt Gary Watson, Head of Professional Standards for Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police said: "Clare Stretton was dismissed in October 2015 for discreditable conduct and a breach of honesty and integrity.

"As soon as we became aware of this violation we undertook an investigation, which resulted in this criminal conviction."

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