Cop gaffe on arena blast IDS

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - SQUARE EYES -

THE pri­vate de­tails of 432 sur­vivors of the Manch­ester Arena ter­ror atroc­ity were re­vealed in a po­lice bun­gle.

Greater Manch­ester Po­lice had set up an email list for a sup­port group – which was not anonymised in a test mes­sage.

Sur­vivors of May’s sui­cide bomb­ing, in which 22 died and 500 were in­jured, were left dis­tressed and the gaffe breached the Data Pro­tec­tion Act. The email, from Det Sgt An­thony Han­lon, was re­called after about an hour and the force apol­o­gised.

Sur­vivor Jac­que­line Fletcher, 29, of Read­ing, said: “The apol­ogy called the gaffe a ‘sim­ple ad­min­is­tra­tive er­ror’.

“If they make that mis­take, what else can they do? It’s scary.”

A GMP spokesman said the er­ror was “re­gret­table”, adding: “We are tak­ing steps to en­sure this will not hap­pen again.”

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