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Former members of staff from Cumbria Police have been sentenced for misconduct in Public Office.
Ben Lewis,21 pictured from Cumrew, Heads Nook, Brampton was sentenced to four and a half years at Carlisle Crown court today after pleading guilty to Misconduct in a Public Office, Theft and two offences of Conspiracy to Supply Controlled Drugs .
Lewis, a former employee of Cumbria Constabulary, was suspended from duty following his arrest on 28 June 2011 on suspicion of affray and possession of cannabis.
During an investigation, it became apparent that Lewis had improperly used police systems by unlawfully disclosing information held on Cumbria Constabulary IT Systems on two dates in March and April 2011 about suspected criminal activity around Carlisle. He subsequently resigned on 23 August 2011 from his job as a front counter clerk in Carlisle.
T/Deputy Chief Constable Jeremy Graham said: “Cumbria Constabulary stores very sensitive information and access to this data is tightly controlled to help us fight crime and protect the community.
“The Constabulary expects the highest standards of professionalism from all police officers and staff at all times.
“Ben Lewis abused his position of trust and disclosed highly sensitive information to criminal associates. As soon as suspicions about his behaviour came to light we took swift action and suspended him from duty. He no longer works for the Constabulary.
“We work hard to protect the community and the confidential information we hold. A breach of our trust from a member of staff is taken extremely seriously and this court case shows the lengths we will go to protect confidential data and the safety of our communities.”
Lewis appeared at Carlisle Crown Court with four other defendants:
1. Jamie Peter Macauley, 21 pictured, of Station Road, Cumwhinton pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A and Class B drugs, and aiding, betting or procuring Ben Lewis to disclosed confidential information and commit misconduct in a public office in April 2011. He was sentenced to six years imprisonment.
2. Lauren Jade Richardson, 18 pictured, of Mayfield Avenue, Carlisle pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A and Class B drugs. She was sentenced to two years imprisonment.
3. Paul Scott Elliman, 19 of Warwick Road, Carlisle, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of Class B drugs and offering to supply Class B. He was sentenced to 12 months, suspended for two years and given a community order.
4. Benjamin Stout, 20 of Red Bank Terrace, Carlisle, pleaded guilty to aiding, betting or procuring Ben Lewis to disclosed confidential information and commit misconduct in a public office in April 2011. He was sentenced to 12 months, suspended for two years and given a community order.