Ex-PC misconduct charge

The Crown Prosecution Service says charges will be brought against Alan Tierney, a former officer with Surrey Police. He will be charged with two offences of misconduct in public office over allegations he sold information to journalists.

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Incidents 'linked to high-profile people'

We have concluded, following a careful review of the evidence, that Alan Tierney, a former police constable with Surrey Police, should be charged with two offences of committing misconduct in public office.

It is alleged that in 2009 Mr Tierney provided information to The Sun newspaper on two occasions in breach of the terms of his employment with Surrey Police and was paid £1,750.

The first charge relates to an allegation that Mr Tierney provided details to the newspaper about a shoplifting incident in which he was the arresting officer.

The second charge relates to an occasion on which Mr Tierney took a statement from a witness to a domestic violence incident. It is alleged that Mr Tierney passed the witness's name, address and details of the incident to the newspaper.

Both of these incidents were linked to high-profile people.

– Alison Levitt QC, principal legal adviser to the Director of Public Prosecutions

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