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Policewoman charged over 'tip-off'

A policewoman has been charged after being accused of tipping off a person about a potential raid by officers.

Pc Grania Hale, 34, was suspended from her duties with Sussex Police after being charged with misconduct in public office.

A Crown Prosecution Service spokesman said: "In her role as a serving police officer she is alleged to have alerted a member of the public to the fact that a search warrant may be executed."

Hale, who is attached to the neighbourhood response team at Haywards Heath, West Sussex, was granted conditional bail by Sevenoaks magistrates in Kent on Tuesday.

A Sussex Police spokesman confirmed: "Grania Hale, 34 years, who is a Pc with the neighbourhood response team at Haywards Heath, has been suspended from duties following the charge."

Her bail conditions forbid her from entering Sussex apart from to attend pre-arranged meetings with her solicitors, court and police.

Hale, who is staying at Strawberry Hill in Newbury, Berkshire, is due to appear at Maidstone Crown Court on August 23.


From Belfast Telegraph