28th November 2019

A police officer has been found guilty of gross misconduct after confidential files concerning sex offenders and their victims were found dumped in a recycling bin outside his home.

Sergeant Martin Skirving-Chehab, of Cleveland Police, took two carrier bags of paperwork home before his mother-in-law accidentally threw them out.

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.

A misconduct hearing has since taken place this week which concluded with the officer being given a final written warning.

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 Andrew Freckleton, Partner at Ben Hoare Bell LLP.