Northamptonshire ex-PCC Adam Simmonds in court on data charge

Adam Simmonds ( with red tie)
Image caption Northamptonshire's former police and crime commissioner Adam Simmonds (right) has appeared in court

A former police boss has appeared in court accused of disclosing personal data about an MP.

Adam Simmonds, 39, is accused of knowingly or recklessly breaching the Data Protection Act by disclosing information about Peter Bone, who represents Wellingborough.

The former Northamptonshire police and crime commissioner is accused of committing the offence while in office.

His lawyer Mark Harries indicated Mr Simmonds would plead not guilty.

The alleged offence is said to have taken place between November 2013 and May 2014.

Mr Simmonds, of Northcote Road, Leicester, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

He was given unconditional bail and will next appear at Southwark Crown Court on 15 November.

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