Liverpool builders find crime files at ex-probation centre

Former probation centre in Derby Lane, Old Swan Image copyright Google
Image caption The building where the files were found was used by the Probation Service and is now being converted into flats

Hundreds of confidential crime files containing data about serious and violent crimes have been discovered by builders at a former probation centre.

An investigation has begun after the sensitive documents were found at the building in Liverpool, which is being turned into flats.

The BBC understands the files include details of murder and rape cases, alongside names and addresses.

The Ministry of Justice said the matter was being taken "extremely seriously".

The documents belong to the Probation Service, which took over the building in Derby Lane, Old Swan, from the police back in 1993.

Workers found the documents as they were clearing the rooms.

The Ministry of Justice said the files in question contained data from crimes that happened before 2003, and had been stored in a secure room.

A spokesman said: "We take all issues in relation to data handling extremely seriously and have launched an investigation."

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