22nd November 2019

A Cleveland Police Sergeant is due to face a misconduct hearing on 25 November 2019 after a number of highly sensitive Police files dating back to 2016 were found near a skip in Hartlepool by a member of the public in June 2018.

The person who found the files contacted The Sun newspaper and a reporter handed the materials to Cleveland Police. Cleveland Police referred to the matter voluntarily to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) who carried out their own investigation.

The Officer accused is Police Sergeant Martin Skirving-Chehab. It is understood he was in possession of the materials prior to them being found. He is accused of breaching Police Standards of Professional Behaviour.  He will face a misconduct hearing to answer a case of gross misconduct. The Panel hearing the case will have the power to dismiss P.S. Skirving-Chehab from the force without notice if they find him guilty of gross misconduct.  Other disciplinary sanctions will also be available to the Panel.

It is understood that the hearing is scheduled for 4 days.

It is likely that the persons whose details were within the files have been contacted by Cleveland Police and told about the incident. Given the highly sensitive nature of the material which is believed to have included details of both offenders and victims it is possible significant distress may have been suffered.  If your details were within the material which was found, you may wish to contact us to discuss pursuing a claim for compensation for the distress suffered.

We have a team of specialist solicitors with years of experience of pursuing claims against Police Forces.  Our Middlesbrough Office is located at Suite 8, Victoria House Business Centre, Victoria House, 159 Albert Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 2PX.  If you wish to discuss pursuing a case please contact either Richard Hardy, Andrew Freckleton or Katy Stephenson on 0191 565 3112 or email advice@benhoarebell.co.uk.

Our earlier blog about this case can be found here.


Blog by Richard Hardy, Partner