Footballer Steven Gerrard blackmail: Corrupt cop jailed
A corrupt policewoman has been jailed for 22 months after seizing CCTV footage of a street bust-up to be used as a "tool to blackmail" Liverpool footballer Steven Gerrard.
Helen Jones (32), a former PC with Merseyside Police, obtained the footage by "flashing her warrant card" to the staff of a bank.
The incident involved friends of Gerrard, the then-England captain, becoming involved in a row with other men at a bar near his home in Formby, Merseyside, which spilled out on to the street.
Prosecutors said the Liverpool midfielder was acting as a peacemaker on August 4, 2013.
Jones, now living in Chatham, Kent, admitted misconduct in a public office but claimed she was just doing a favour for a friend.