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Ex-PCSO faces jail over press call

A former police community support officer (PCSO) with the Metropolitan Police is facing a prison sentence after admitting he contacted the Sun to say a supermodel was attending a police station accused of assault.

Paul Randall, 49, was told by Judge Timothy Pontius at the Old Bailey: "This reveals a serious breach of trust and a prison sentence is likely."

Randall, of south west London, admitted one count of misconduct in public office.

The case was adjourned for reports and he will be sentenced on September 18.

Stuart Biggs, prosecuting, said Randall worked as a PCSO in Westminster borough for about five years.

On one occasion during that time, on October 25 2006, he contacted the Sun because a very famous supermodel had attended the police station in connection with an allegation of assault.

Mr Biggs told the court: "He telephoned the Sun newspaper and gave information about her presence, which at the least allowed the newspaper to send photographers, and gave them notice that she was facing an allegation."

The judge, who said Randall has no previous convictions, asked for pre-sentence and health reports.

He told him: "You will know that, in all likelihood, a prison sentence will follow. Whether that is so, and if so, what length, will remain entirely a matter for the sentencing judge."

Bail was renewed, with one condition - that Randall lives and sleeps at an address given to the court.


From Belfast Telegraph