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Child welfare documents left in Middlesbrough street

Christopher Craigens
Mr Craigens said he was "disgusted" by the find

Middlesbrough Council has apologised after confidential documents, including a letter for child protection workers, were found in a busy street.

The wallet of post was found last week by passer-by Christopher Craigens at the junction of Ayresome Street and Crescent Road near to the town centre.

It is believed the documents were dropped by a courier and the council said it was now reviewing procedures.

The mail, which also contained letters to health workers, has been returned.

Mr Craigens, who found the documents last Wednesday, said he was angry that a member of the public had been allowed to stumble across such sensitive information.

'Human error'

"I think it is disgusting and more checks should be put in place," he said.

"I'm really angered that something should be mislaid like that and be left for anybody to find, with highly-confidential notes on children."

Council Chief Executive Ian Parker said he believed the incident was a "one off".

He said: "We recognise it is really important that people have confidence that we are handling their personal information properly.

"What I would say is that this is a one off, we collect from 50 sites a day, 3,500 letters from the council every day.

"This has never happened before and it was a human error."

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