A "DECEITFUL" Oldbury full-time council worker who pocketed £110,000 while moonlighting for the health service for eight years has been jailed.

At Wolverhampton Crown Court, Judge Barry Berlin told father-of-two Peter Walker: "You could not possibly have done both jobs at the same time - corners must have been cut."

He added, as he jailed him for two years: "I appreciate this was not picked up by the local authority but that is their problem.

"You deliberately deceived your employers and you abused the trust they placed in you."

Walker, aged 47, of Vicarage Street, had worked 22 hours a week as a counsellor with the Black Country NHS Foundation Trust while he was contracted to work 37 hours a week with Sandwell Council.

They employed Walker - a man of previous good character - to work as a learning development officer and a talent development consultant

Mark Jackson, prosecuting, said Walker covered his tracks by submitting false time sheets and the fraud was only discovered by chance when the local authority and the NHS took part in a data matching exercise.

After his arrest Walker maintained every second of his 37 hours a week with the council had been completed by working evenings and weekends and he insisted there had been no complaints.

The judge told Walker, who pleaded guilty to fraud, the only appropriate sentence was immediate custody because his criminality had gone on for too long and involved far too much money.