Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Police officer's data breach case adjourned to November

A police officer accused of illegally accessing information from work computers has been ordered to appear in court next month.

Insp Allison Strachan, 49, has been charged with one count of perverting the course of justice and five counts of breaching the Data Protection act.

Prosecutors claim Ms Strachan gained sensitive information from work computers from October 2006 - May 2010.

She did not attend the city's sheriff court.

The Lothian and Borders Police officer, from Edinburgh, who has not made made a plea to the charges, was not present as her lawyers had other business to attend to.

Sheriff Alistair Noble agreed to adjourn the hearing until next month.

Reporting restrictions which were imposed on the case have now been lifted following a challenge by BBC Scotland.

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