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Pc checked force data for friend

A Norfolk Police constable has been fined 2,500 for passing confidential information to a friend.

Pc Liam Reddy, 33, admitted breaching the Data Protection Act after looking at the police computer for a friend who had been stopped for a driving offence.

It showed the man was suspected of involvement in a criminal offence.

Norwich Magistrate's Court heard that when the man contacted police about this information, Pc Reddy was arrested.

'Abused position'

District Judge Philip Browning, sentencing, said: "It was clear that you abused your position as a police officer.

"I recognise that, almost certainly, this means the end of your career."

Simon Nicholls, defending, said: "Mr Reddy is obviously very disappointed that he lost his good character by virtue of this conviction and, in all likelihood, his career as a police officer.

"He did what he believed to be right at the time.

"Mr Reddy tried to help his friend in getting something extracted from his record.

"He always appreciated that, by virtue of the checks and balances in place for data protection, it would lead back to him."

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