Confidential council files found on TV set

Dozens of confidential social services files, including notes on the Victoria Climbie case, have been found at an old town hall which is being used as a set for a TV drama, an MP has said.

An "urgent investigation" has been launched by Enfield Council in north London after the documents were left on public view on shelves and tables at the former civic centre in Southgate, the set for the police station in the new Inspector Morse drama series.

Tory MP David Burrowes, who discovered the files while campaigning, said he was shocked at the council's negligence.

"It is an abuse of information and negligence and it's completely unacceptable," he said.

Victoria Climbie Credit: PA Wire

The files also contained details of parents turned down for adoption, the phone numbers and addresses of vulnerable people on the service's register, and financial information.

A council spokeswoman said: "Now that this matter has been brought to our attention we are conducting an urgent investigation to establish the facts."