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PCSO fined 220 over data misuse

A police community support officer has been fined £220 and is set to lose his job after disclosing personal data from the force national computer.

Glenn Baker, 47, of Bowthorpe, Norwich, who worked for Norfolk Police, admitted the offence at Norwich Crown Court.

Baker accessed the national police computer to find information about his mother's neighbour.

Baker, who the court was told would lose his job over the conviction, was ordered to pay £780 prosecution costs.

'Absolute stupidity'

Patrick Gowen, representing Baker, said his client had been married for 18 years and there had been a breakdown in the relationship.

He said Baker would lose his job and could also lose his mortgaged home.

"This was absolute stupidity," said Mr Gowen.

"The heaviest penalty will be the loss of his employment."

Judge Peter Jacobs told Baker: "There was a serious aspect here.

"You were a law officer with access to the police national computer.

"There are daily concerns about information being stored about us. Police officers cannot start putting this into the public domain."

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