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Policewoman from Bedford denies 'illicit' computer search

Hannah Quince
Image caption Hannah Quince denies "illicit" searches of police computer systems

A policewoman from Bedford searched force systems to look up confidential information about her boyfriend's friend, a court has heard.

PC Hannah Quince, 29, is said to have passed on information to her boyfriend, who then tipped off his friend, who was to be arrested.

Miss Quince has since resigned from Bedfordshire Police.

She denies misconduct in a judicial or public office at a trial at St Albans Crown Court.

Beverly Cripps, prosecuting, told the court Miss Quince was asked by her boyfriend, Christopher Shri, 30, to find out what Bedfordshire Police knew about his friend, Ben Sturge, 30 in November last year.

'Illicit search'

Bedfordshire Police's guns and gangs unit was looking to arrest Mr Sturge for an alleged offence of conspiracy to possess a firearm, the court heard.

Miss Quince used a number of computerised search systems to make "illicit inquiries" inside a police station to find out what information her colleagues had on Mr Sturge, Miss Cripps said.

Mr Shri then passed the information on to Mr Sturge just hours before he was arrested, the court heard.

Miss Quince, Mr Shri and Mr Sturge, 30, all pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit an act of misconduct in a public office at St Albans Crown Court on Wednesday.

Mr Shri and Mr Sturge deny aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office.

The trial continues.

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