Two former Cleveland Police officers have been awarded compensation after powers designed to combat terrorism were unlawfully used to investigate them.
Mark Dias and Stephen Matthews will each be paid £3000 by the force, which effectively spied on their mobile phones.
In January the Cleveland force apologised for unlawfully using powers intended to investigate terrorism to monitor the mobile phones of former officers and journalists.
Cleveland Police used Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) legislation to monitor the times and durations of calls made by the officers, two journalists and a solicitor for four months in 2012.
The tribunal has awarded the compensation to Mark Dias and Stephen Matthews saying:
Cleveland Police accepted it had acted unlawfully at a previous tribunal in January 2017. After the award of compensation it released this statement:
The Conservative Mayor of the Tees Valley has called for an independent commission to investigate Cleveland Police.