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Footballer Steven Gerrard blackmail: Corrupt cop jailed

By Pat Hurst

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.

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