Police call handler 'helped Dale Cregan during manhunt'
A police call-handler passed secret information to her boyfriend during the large police manhunt for his friend Dale Cregan, a court has heard. Kathryn Smith, her boyfriend and Cregan's mother deny the charges.
The mother of Dale Cregan confronted a "grass" who lived in her street who had called police during the manhunt and was identified by information passed on by a police call-handler, the court heard.
Kathryn Smith, 25, is accused of using the police's computer role in her role as call-handler to pass information to Anita Cregan and her boyfriend Sean Booth during the search for Dale Cregan.
The neighbour was allegedly told by Anita Cregan that she had "inside information" that he had made the call, before being questioned for six hours by members of the Cregan family about what he had said.
Anita Cregan was heard saying, "I can't believe there's a f****** grass in my street", on a recording device that was installed in her home.
A police call-handler would go onto work and "habitually" monitor events in the area, looking for information to feed back to her boyfriend during the manhunt for Dale Cregan, a court has heard.
Kathryn Smith, 25, is accused of looking at information that she was not supposed to access which she then passed onto her boyfriend Sean Booth and Anita Cregan.
The jury were shown screen-shots of Smith's computer use on the evening of September 4 last year, allegedly showing how she viewed details of a call taken by police giving details of a possible sighting of Cregan on Manchester Road in Droylsden.
She allegedly used her computer to look up the exact locations of all the officers and police cars and vans in the area, and accessed maps showing armed response patrols in the vicinity.
Prosecutor Nicholas Clarke QC told Manchester Crown Court: "She concentrated on the high level of police activity surrounding the manhunt for Dale Cregan and the Sutton Drive area where his family reside. Smith's role does not permit her to act this way."
A police call-handler passed information to her boyfriend during the manhunt for his friend Dale Cregan, a court has heard.
Kathryn Smith, 25, is accused of using police's computer systems while on her shift to check developments to find Cregan, who was wanted in connection with the murders of a father and son.
It is alleged she then passed on information to her boyfriend Sean Booth, 31, who lived on the same street as Cregan, which was subsequently passed onto Cregan's 56-year-old mother Anita.
All three deny a single count of misconduct in a public office: Ms Smith by looking for and disclosing confidential information and Mr Booth and Mrs Cregan by aiding and abetting her to commit the offence.