LATEST NEWS: Police detective cleared of working for criminal gang

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A TOP detective has been cleared of acting as the “eyes and ears” of a criminal gang.

Detective Sergeant Paul Thompson, 43, was also found not guilty, along with his housing executive wife Susan Thompson, 44, of dealing cocaine to their friends.

The officer, who was based at Gill Bridge police station in Sunderland, was found guilty of three charges of possessing the class a drug, which he admitted buying for his own habit.

He was also found guilty of a single misconduct charge relating to making checks on the police computer for his own use.

After a trial at Newcastle Crown Court jurors deliberated over four days.

Susan Thompson and Paul Thompson were both found not guilty of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

Paul Thompson was found not guilty, along with three other men, of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.

He was fined a total of £1,000 for the charges he was convicted of.

Judge Esmond Faulks told him: “The misconduct for which you have been found guilty is of a non-sinister type, you were on your own admission, using the police computer for your own purpose, to look after your properties and the like.

“If that had been charged under the Data Protection Act a fine would follow.”