UK: Confidential papers stolen from policeman’s car

Police have fallen foul of the Data Protection Act after confidential paperwork was stolen from the boot of an officer’s car.

The force has now been forced to take remedial action after it emerged the officer did not have a safe at his house and did not store the documents in his secure briefcase.

A member of the public found the paperwork dumped in the street the next day and passed them on to a local police station.

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Assistant Chief Constable Allyn Thomas said : “An officer made a mistake by leaving confidential documents in a locked briefcase that was stolen from the secure boot of his car. He has been the subject of disciplinary action and has received further training regarding data protection.

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