Insp Allison Strachan data breach case trial set

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A senior police officer in Edinburgh will stand trial on charges she illegally accessed police computers to obtain private information.

Insp Allison Strachan, 49, will appear on four charges alleging she breached the Data Protection Act at Edinburgh Sheriff Court in March 2012.

Ms Strachan's lawyer entered not guilty pleas to the allegations after a hearing at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

The hearing was called to debate legal issues surrounding the case.

After proceedings, depute fiscal Ruth Ross-Davie agreed to withdraw a charge alleging Ms Strachan attempted to pervert the course of justice on various occasions at a number of police stations between October 2006 and September 2009.

Ms Strachan, from Edinburgh, now faces charges which allege that she illegally accessed top secret databases at various police stations in the Lothian and Borders force area between November 2006 and May 2010.

She was not present in court on Monday.

Sheriff Fiona Reith QC fixed Ms Strachan's trial for March 2012. A preliminary hearing will be held at the court in February 2012.

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