Married Mersey cops lose their jobs after snooping on police computer

PC Nigel Mungur, from Waterloo, was selling car crash data to ambulance chasing lawyers

16 MARCH 2016 | UPDATED: 17 MARCH 2016 | BY Gary Stewart FOR LIVERPOOL ECHO



A pair of married police officers were sacked after stealing the personal personal details of people involved in car crashes and selling them to lawyers.

PC Nigel Mungur, 38, from Waterloo , admitted illegally accessing details of road crashes from a police computer and selling them to people in the legal business to make money out of.

Nigel and Nicola Mungur, former Lancashire Police officers

Nigel and Nicola Mungur, former Lancashire Police officers

His wife PC Nicola Mungur, 35, admitted illegally accessing road crash data.

The Lancashire Constabulary officers, whose patch covered Preston, Chorley, South Ribble and West Lancashire, had already admitted the offences, but have now been sacked from their jobs.

Nigel Mungur pleaded guilty to misconduct in public office, conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office, money laundering and unauthorised access to a computer at Chester Crown Court on November 27, 2015.

Nicola Mungur admitted a Data Protection Act offence on the same date.

The couple were sacked immediately after public disciplinary hearing last week.

The hearing, at Leyland Police Station on March 7, found that between March 31, 2007 and April 30, 2014 while acting as a public officer, Mungur “wilfully misconducted himself” by accessing the police computer systems to unlawfully obtain road traffic collision logs.

He was said to have the intended to sell the personal data for a profit and further conspired with a third party to sell data and commit unauthorised access to a computer.

It also found that on or before April 30, 2014, Mrs Mungur knowingly or recklessly obtained personal data, namely data from road traffic collision logs.

Superintendent Sam Mackenzie, Head of Professional Standards at Lancashire Constabulary, said: “I am always very disappointed to discover conduct such as this within Lancashire Constabulary, it undermines the great work the vast majority of our staff and officers do on a day to day basis.

“There is no place for conduct of this type within the police and we are committed to dealing with such matters whenever and wherever they arise. I apologise on behalf of Lancashire Constabulary for this failure to meet the standards that we and the public quite rightly expect from our police officers.”

They will be sentenced later this year.

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