A police officer has been jailed for accessing computer systems and passing on confidential information
Pc Katie Murray, Droylsden, was found guilty of two counts of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office. She was also found guilty of one count of breaching the Data Protection Act. Murray was jailed for two years and nine months.
She passed on information to her sister Lyndsey Murray, Droylsden, and former partner, Jason Lloyd, Droylsden. They were both found guilty of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office. He was also found guilty of possessing a prohibited firearm and possessing ammunition with intent to endanger life. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Lynsey Murray was jailed for six months.
Lloyd was the head of a crime gang involved in the production of large quantities of cannabis. He also pleaded guilty to conspiring to produce cannabis.
His associates Mark Winterbottom, Ashton- U- Lyne was found guilty of conspiracy to produce cannabis and Saicha Dunne, Dukinfield was found guilty of conspiracy to supply cannabis.
Winterbottom will be sentenced at a later date. Dunne was given a eight month sentence suspended for 18 months and ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work.
Dale Dickinson, Reddish, Stockport and Craig Clarke, Ashton -U- Lyne, Manchester both admitted conspiracy to produce cannabis.
Craig Clarke was also found guilty of two counts of possessing ammunition and was jailed for six years.
Dickinson was given a six month sentence suspended for 18 months and ordered to pay £2000 costs. He will carry out 250 hours unpaid work and given a 18 month community order.
Lloyd operated a number of businesses from Weir Mill, Stockport. They were a base to cultivate vast amounts of cannabis on an industrial scale.
In September 2012, GMP received information that a cannabis ‘grow’ was due to be moved from that location by Lloyd.
Officers attended but no cannabis was located.
At about the same time an investigation began into Katie Murray and the illegal and inappropriate accessing of various police computer systems.
Following an investigation by officers, on 5 October 2013, police returned to Weir Mill. Here they found 100 immature cannabis plants concealed behind partition walls.
Officers discovered two large scale ventilation units that led to a concealed underground chamber containing a further 62 cannabis plants. The total estimated yield was 9.65 kg of cannabis. The combined value of the larger cannabis plants was in excess of £100,000. The plants in the nursery had a potential value of double that.
Lloyd and Clarke were present and arrested. Winterbottom and Dunne were arrested later in the year after both men were charged.
On 7 October 2013, as part of the broader search of the mill, officers searched Lloyd’s car valeting business and discovered a handgun, a 7.65mm calibre self-loading pistol.
Days later Katie Murray, who joined GMP in 2004, was arrested.
An investigation into Katie Murrays activities found that she had repeatedly accessed police computer systems to pass information to Lloyd and Lindsay Murray. This included information about intelligence, criminal incidents and investigations and certain individuals.
She used the systems to get information following the fatal shooting of Mark Short, the manhunt for Dale Cregan. She retrieved information about the murders of Pc Nicola Hughes and Pc Fiona Bone in September 2012.
Murray also told Lloyd about the information police received in September 2012 relating to the cannabis grow at Weir Mill and his connection to it.
Assistant Chief Constable Dawn Copley, said: “Katie Murray abused her position in an appalling way, knowingly, wilfully and deliberately accessing and disseminating confidential information.
“That some of this information was passed directly to a known criminal for his own personal gain and insight goes against every vow she made when she swore her oath and joined the police service.
“She also demonstrated significant disregard for her fallen colleagues when, at a time when the force was learning of and coming to terms with the tragic murders of Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone, she should so inexcusably access police logs in order to pass on highly sensitive information to associates.