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Police officer jailed for attacking members of the public found dead

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Show caption West Midlands police constable Declan Jones was convicted last August of assaulting two people during the first lockdown in England. Photograph: West Midlands Police/PA Police Police officer jailed for attacking members of the public found dead Body of Declan Jones, who is believed to have just left prison, discovered in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire PA Media Wed 29 Dec 2021 16.28 GMT Share on Facebook

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A former police officer jailed after being caught on camera assaulting members of the public has been found dead.

Declan Jones was reported to have been discovered at an address in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, on Tuesday. It is believed he had recently been released from prison, having been jailed for assaulting two people – including a 15-year-old boy – on consecutive days during the first coronavirus lockdown in England.

A West Mercia police spokesperson said: “On December 28, officers were called to an address in Bromsgrove following reports of concern for the welfare of a man in his 30s. Sadly, the man was pronounced dead at around 12.45pm. We don’t believe there to be any third party involvement in the death and a report will be prepared for the coroner.”

A spokesperson for the Independent Office for Police Conduct said: “We have been made aware of the death of a former West Midlands police officer and our thoughts are with all of those affected at this very difficult time. As such it would be inappropriate to say anything further at this stage.”

Jones was sacked from West Midlands police in September after being convicted at trial over the incidents in Birmingham.

In the first incident Jones kneed, punched and pepper-sprayed a man in Aston on 20 April 2020, and then kicked and punched a boy he wrongly accused of possessing drugs in Newtown the following day.

His actions resulted in a six-month jail term, and prompted chief constable Sir David Thompson to apologise to both victims.

Passing sentence at Birmingham magistrates court, district judge Shamim Qureshi said: “What we have here in this case is not simply an isolated incident.

“It was a difficult situation for the whole country, the first lockdown that this country has ever seen. The streets were pretty well deserted … there were not many people around to witness what was going on. I would be failing in my public duty to suspend your sentence.”

Jones was due to go on trial next year accused of causing actual bodily harm during an incident involving a stun gun.

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