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PCSO fined for data access breach

A police community support officer has been fined £2,000 for unlawfully accessing information on Metropolitan Police databases.

Thomas Childs, 22, who has resigned from his post in Hackney, east London, admitted seven counts of breaching the Data Protection Act.

At Westminster Magistrates' Court he also admitted attempting to obtain information involving personal data.

A police spokesman said action would be taken against inappropriate behaviour.

The charges followed an investigation by the force's Directorate of Professional Standards into claims sensitive police information was used inappropriately.

Detective Inspector Tony Seery said: "We will take any allegation that an officer or member of staff has behaved inappropriately very seriously.

"The vast majority of officers and staff behave professionally and with integrity.

"As the work of the DPS shows the Met is committed to ensuring that the small minority who do not meet the standards expected are identified and that appropriate action is taken."

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