Northumbria Police Disciplinary Findings

25th July 2019

Northumbria Police regularly publish on their website the outcome of disciplinary hearings against their Police Officers/Police staff. It is to the credit of Northumbria Police that they publish such outcomes although it is possible they only do so as a result of requests made by the persons who chair the disciplinary panels.  If persons chairing […]

Police Officer bought TV porn at home of dead child’s family

A Police Officer who was guarding a home of a dead child has admitted to buying pornography on the family’s Virgin TV account.  The incident occurred on 11 February 2018. It is believed P.C. Avi Maharaj spent £25.96 making four purchases on the family’s Virgin TV account without their permission.  The Officer was guarding the […]

HMCTS Data breach figures revealed

24th July 2019

HMCTS has confirmed in its most recent annual report that there were five personal data-related incidents that were reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) last year. Included within the report was the following incidents:- On 13 March 2018 HMCTS disclosed sensitive information to someone requesting information relating to a neighbour’s previous convictions. The report […]

Estate Agency fined for data breach

22nd July 2019

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined a London estate agency £80,000 for leaving 18,610 customers’ personal data exposed for nearly two years. The breach occurred when Life at Parliament View Ltd transferred personal data from its server to a partner organisation and failed to switch off an ‘anonymous authentication’ function. This failure meant anyone […]

Traveller Movement: Navigating the social services system

Ben Hoare Bell LLP is pleased to support the Traveller Movement, a national charity that promotes inclusion and community engagement with Gypsies, Roma and Travellers. Partner Cris McCurley was recently involved in producing a film with the Traveller Movement. The film seeks to encourage members of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities to engage with social […]

Charity Data Breach Blunder

19th July 2019

Confidential data of employees working at charity, Independent Age, has been accidentally disclosed to a former worker. The data breach occurred when the charity responded to a former employee’s subject access request. Independent Age says that the security breach compromised personal data, including bank information, account numbers, sort codes, pension contributions and wages details of almost all […]

Former Cleveland police officer convicted of multiple sex offences

15th July 2019

David Waller, formerly of Cleveland Police, was last week convicted of 10 charges including rape, sexual activity with a child, and misconduct in a public office, between 2004 and 2016. He had committed some of the offences while serving as an officer with Cleveland Police from 2006 to 2010. He denied the allegations but was […]

British Airways Data Breach

12th July 2019

It appears many organisations have still not got to grips with data protection.  This was highlighted on 8 July 2019 when the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced an intention to fine British Airways 1.5% of its worldwide turnover in 2017.  The fine amounts to £183million and relates to British Airways’ failure to protect customers data […]

Police Shooting: Judge Criticises Police for Death of Unarmed Man

A Judge in an inquiry stated on 11 July 2019 that a Police Force was to blame for the fatal shooting of an unarmed man. In March 2012 Anthony Grainger, 36, was shot through the windscreen of a stolen Audi car in Cheshire during a police operation.  No firearms were found on either Mr Grainger […]

Sally Challen and Coercive Control

8th July 2019

In 2010 Sally Challen killed her husband with a hammer after she suffered years of controlling and humiliating abuse. Sally was granted leave to appeal her conviction of murder earlier this year and a retrial was expected to take place on 1 July 2019. Sally pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter which was accepted […]

Visit to Ouseburn Farm

We are delighted to be involved with the local charity Ouseburn Farm. The farm is located close to our Byker office. It is a working farm as well as a training and education centre. With a lovely cafe, plenty of animals and outdoor space it is a great place to relax and learn about animals […]