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Former PC Martin McElvenna used police computer to 'help drug smugglers'

Martin McElvenna
Image caption Martin McElvenna is accused of four counts of misconduct in a public office

A former Milton Keynes police constable accessed the Police National Computer to help a gang of alleged drug smugglers, a jury has heard.

Martin McElvenna, 54, of Wills Walk, Northampton, has denied four counts of misconduct in a public office.

He is on trial at Southwark Crown Court alongside eight co-defendants who cannot be named for legal reasons.

The gang allegedly conspired to bring drugs from North Africa via Spain and France across the English Channel.

The prosecution said Mr McElvenna, who was working for Thames Valley Police at the time, made a number of inquiries of the national computer between January 2012 and July last year.

These were for the benefit of a drugs smuggling conspiracy to which a close relative of his belonged, the court heard.

He was asked to establish whether another of the accused had an outstanding European Arrest Warrant out against him as he was planning to travel across Europe as part of the alleged conspiracy.

One plan involved importing drugs worth in excess of £2m and involving a profit of more than £800,000, the court was told.

Mr McElvenna is also alleged to have made checks on other people and vehicles for personal reasons unconnected with the alleged drugs conspiracy.

Prosecutor, Mark Gadsden, told the court the Police National Computer was a "secure system there for a purpose, it's not for members of the public to find out information for mates or on cars".

The trial continues.

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