16th July 2018

It was reported on 6 July 2018 that a dog walker in Hartlepool had found a Police file containing highly sensitive data. The Police file contained personal details of paedophiles and their victims.  The file was found dumped in a skip on 20 June 2018 in the Hartlepool area.

The local Force, Cleveland Police are investigating what happened.  It has been reported that to date Cleveland Police has declined to comment on the number of cases and people involved.  They have however referred the matter to the Information Commissioners Office and also to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).  The IOPC is a public body. One of its duties is to consider misconduct by Police Officers.

It is understood Cleveland Police has made contact with the individuals named in the papers to make them aware of the incident.

If you believe your details were within the Police papers found please contact either Richard Hardy or Andrew Freckleton at our firm to discuss.  We have acted in a number of data protection cases often recovering substantial compensation for persons who have been affected by data breaches. We would be happy to discuss matters with you free of charge to ensure your rights are not infringed.

Blog by Richard Hardy, Partner