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Former Cumbria police worker sentenced for misconduct in Public Office

Ben Lewis Photo: ITV Border

A former police worker has been sentenced to four and a half years behind bars after pleading guilty to Misconduct in a Public Office.

21 year old Ben Lewis from Cumrew near Brampton also admitted to Theft and two offences of Conspiracy to Supply Controlled Drugs.

Lewis worked as a counter clerk for Cumbria Constabulary and was suspended from duty after being arrested in June 2011 on suspicion of affray and possession of cannabis. Ater an investigation it was found that Lewis had also used police systems unlawfully, he resigned from his job in August 2011.

Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Jeremy Graham said:

“Cumbria Constabulary stores very sensitive information and access to this data is tightly controlled to help us fight crime and protect the community.

“The Constabulary expects the highest standards of professionalism from all police officers and staff at all times.

“Ben Lewis abused his position of trust and disclosed highly sensitive information to criminal associates. As soon as suspicions about his behaviour came to light we took swift action and suspended him from duty. He no longer works for the Constabulary.

“We work hard to protect the community and the confidential information we hold. A breach of our trust from a member of staff is taken extremely seriously and this court case shows the lengths we will go to protect confidential data and the safety of our communities.”

– Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Jeremy Graham, Cumbria Police

Lewis appeared at Carlisle Crown Court with four other defendants:

  • Jamie Peter MaCauley, aged 21 years of Station Road, Cumwhinton pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A and Class B drugs, and aiding, betting or procuring Ben Lewis to disclosed confidential information and commit misconduct in a public office in April 2011. He was sentenced to six years imprisonment.
Jamie Peter McCauley Credit: Cumbria Police

Lauren Jade Richardson, 18 years of Mayfield Avenue, Carlisle pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A and Class B drugs. She was sentenced to two years imprisonment.

Lauren Richardson Credit: ITV Border
  • Paul Scott Elliman, 19 years of Warwick Road, Carlisle, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of Class B drugs and offering to supply Class B. He was sentenced to 12 months, suspended for two years and given a community order.
  • Benjamin STOUT, 20 years of Red Bank Terrace, Carlisle, pleaded guilty to aiding, betting or procuring Ben Lewis to disclosed confidential information and commit misconduct in a public office in April 2011. He was sentenced to 12 months, suspended for two years and given a community order.