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SECRET SERVICE; CPS man topped up wages by selling info to gangsters to get girl.

A LOW-WAGE civil servant sold sensitive law secrets to a hardened gangster family in a bid to buy back his former fiancee's love.

Policeman's son Mark Herbert cashed in on his position at the Crown Prosecution Service to earn extra loot from underworld heavies.

The besotted 31-year-old - a former London Welsh rugby player - was only earning pounds 14,000 at the time and hoped his ex would take him back if he showered her with gifts.

He regularly paid cash into Sian Williams' bank account and sent her expensive gifts after she moved back to Wales.

The 17-stone prop claimed he was only helping the notorious Adams family to protect the woman he loved "as much as any man could".

But yesterday he was warned that he faces a long jail term for breaking the Official Secrets Act and passing on vital information.

Herbert, from Twickenham, West London, was convicted at the Old Bailey of handing over secrets for money.

But a jury cleared him of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, after he claimed he had been acting under duress and in fear of his life.

The court heard that Herbert met Sian, from Swansea, in 1996 while he was on a rugby tour with London Welsh.

The pair had a whirlwind romance and she agreed to marry him after he bought her an engagement ring.

But the two-year affair fell flat and Sian moved out of Herbert's Twickenham flat and back to Wales.

She agreed Herbert put cash into her account and bought her gifts during the time he was said to have been taking underworld bribes.

But the 28-year-old brunette said he never mentioned that either of their lives was in danger.

The Adams family was run by three brothers, Thomas, Terry and Patrick.

Admin clerk Herbert handed over the name of 33 police informants after copying them from his computer.

The information would have put all their lives in danger had the police - who had been monitoring the family - not intercepted the secret list.

He also handed over case papers, a lawyer's address and tipped off the gang when members were likely to be arrested.

The Recorder of London, Judge Michael Hyam, remanded Herbert in custody until March 28 and called for probation reports.
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Author:Lamport, Jason
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 8, 2000
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