King­dom note­books with de­tails of lit­ter of­fend­ers stolen from coun­cil’s HQ

Bangor Mail - - WEEKLY PUZZLE -

PO­LICE are in­ves­ti­gat­ing af­ter King­dom note­books con­tain­ing per­sonal de­tails of dozens of peo­ple fined for lit­ter­ing were stolen from a coun­cil of­fice.

An­gle­sey Coun­cil apol­o­gised af­ter the theft of the data which in­cluded names, ad­dresses and dates of birth were taken from a locked cup­board.

The au­thor­ity sent out data breach no­tices to peo­ple whose information was stolen from the books used by King­dom Se­cu­rity.

The ex­act num­ber of peo­ple af­fected has yet to be con­firmed.

The coun­cil re­ported the theft of four PACE (po­lice and crim­i­nal ev­i­dence) books with the per­sonal information of in­di­vid­u­als who had re­ceived fixed penalty no­tices “in the course of waste man­age­ment en­force­ment work” on April 13. The let­ter sent out last week said: “We deeply re­gret this in­ci­dent has oc­curred and await an up­date of the crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion. We are cur­rently con­duct­ing an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion in re­la­tion to this re­ported theft.”

The coun­cil also re­ported the in­ci­dent to the Information Com­mis­sioner’s Of­fice.

An ICO spokes­woman said: “We are aware of an in­ci­dent in­volv­ing An­gle­sey Coun­cil and are mak­ing en­quiries.”

An­gle­sey Coun­cil would not com­ment on the theft as the mat­ter was still a crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

King­dom spokesman Ash­ley Govier said peo­ple should not be point­ing the fin­ger at them.

“It’s a po­lice mat­ter. The coun­cil said the books were stolen from a coun­cil hold­ing. They were in a locked cup­board. It should be se­cured. Our of­fi­cers couldn’t take those books home. They were left se­curely on site. Some­body stole them. We didn’t lose them. They ac­tu­ally stole them. It’s coun­cil data. The information on them is for the coun­cil not for us. We are be­ing blamed for ev­ery­thing. We didn’t lose them.”

Lan­cashire-based King­dom is tasked with hand­ing out fines across An­gle­sey, Conwy, Flintshire, Wrex­ham and Den­bighshire for drop­ping lit­ter and dog foul­ing of­fences. Coun­cils take a cut of the fines, with King­dom re­tain­ing most of the rev­enue, lead­ing to claims it en­cour­ages of­fi­cers to is­sue as many fines as pos­si­ble which they deny.

Al­though An­gle­sey Coun­cil is no longer con­tin­u­ing with its 12-month trial af­ter May 2018, it has a sep­a­rate agree­ment with King­dom to han­dle park­ing un­til De­cem­ber. Last month Gwynedd Coun­cil, whose use of King­dom lasted just hours, de­cided to team up with an­other coun­cil, pos­si­bly An­gle­sey, or use its own staff in fu­ture on lit­ter du­ties.

Of­fi­cers from King­dom were on the streets of Gwynedd for less than a day be­fore the agree­ment was abruptly scrapped in March.

The no­tice sent out by the coun­cil

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