Data theft PC Sugra Hanif dismissed from police force

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Image caption Sugra Hanif was convicted following a trial at Winchester Crown Court in January

A police officer has been dismissed from her job after her conviction for stealing and selling details of accident victims.

Sugra Hanif was found guilty along with her lover Raza Khan of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office following a trial in January.

Hanif, 27, from Banbury, Oxfordshire, was dismissed after a Thames Valley Police misconduct hearing on Monday.

A jury failed to reach a verdict on co-defendant Paramjeet Kaur, Khan's wife.

Hanif, a former police constable, began the conspiracy, which could have netted more than £1m with Khan, in January 2011, Winchester Crown Court was told.

'Serious' corruption

She would access the Thames Valley Police command and control computer to note the personal details of members of the public involved in road accidents, including the unique reference number (URN) each incident was given.

Hanif and Khan, also 27, of Ivy Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, set up case management companies to sell the information to firms of solicitors who would pay them a referral fee for each case that led to a successful compensation claim.

Each referral fee was worth between £600 and £800 and they gained a total of £26,400 from the nearly 2,500 case details Hanif stole during the 11-month conspiracy.

Det Ch Supt Tim De Meyer, head of professional standards, said: "The conduct of PC Hanif fell well below the standards Thames Valley Police and the public expects of its officers.

"This was a serious case of corruption and it is entirely appropriate that she was dismissed from the force."

Hanif will be sentenced at Winchester Crown Court on 12 March.

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