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Two police officers plead guilty after stealing money and cigarettes in Oldbury house search

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Two Sandwell police officers have pleaded guilty to theft after they stole money and cigarettes while searching an Oldbury home.

PCs Mark Davis, aged 30, and Neil Samuels, aged 33, who are both response officers in Sandwell, entered guilty pleas to charges of theft at Birmingham Magistrates Court today.

The pair are currently suspended from their roles at West Midlands Police.

Suspicions of the pair were roused last April after information regarding their activities was raised to professional standards, say West Midlands Police. As a result they were subjected to an integrity test by the force's anti-corruption officers on July 24.

Both pleaded guilty to stealing money and cigarettes during the searches of the property in Oldbury last summer.

Davis and Samuels, who have six and 11 years service respectively, have been bailed until their sentencing on March 26.

Superintendent Tim Godwin, from the force Professional Standards department, said: "Police officers take a vow to serve the public and uphold the law with fairness, integrity and impartiality. Any that fall short of those standards, or who abuse their position, will face disciplinary action, the prospect of criminal prosecution and potential dismissal.

"As soon as the pair were suspected of acting improperly an investigation was launched culminating in the dedicated integrity test and their arrests and suspensions.

"I would like to reassure the public that we take police corruption very seriously and continue to work hard to root out corrupt officers and staff."

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