Lancashire

Basharat Ali Ditta: Solicitor jailed for leaks to criminals

A solicitor who shared information about police drugs investigations with criminals has been jailed.

Basharat Ali Ditta was sentenced to three years at Liverpool Crown Court for perverting the course of justice.

Ditta, of Adelaide Street, Blackburn, shared information about arrests and investigations with five men, all of whom were later jailed.

Supt Lee Halstead said the 44-year-old's cocaine addiction had left him "hopelessly compromised".

Police launched an investigation into the supply of heroin and cocaine across Lancashire and other areas of the country, including Merseyside and Cumbria.

'Betrayed trust'

Ditta sought to obtain information about some arrests officers had made for other criminals.

His offences related to five men, who were all jailed for various drugs offences.

Between January and August 2011, Ditta made several attempts to get information about the arrests of the men, which he then shared with the ones who were still at liberty.

He also had regular contact with three of the men on mobile phones and acted as the solicitor for one of them throughout the period.

Mr Halstead said Ditta's "addiction left him hopelessly compromised and vulnerable to the motives of leading members of organised crime groups, who tasked him to obtain valuable information regarding police investigations".

"Solicitors should uphold the highest standards of integrity and should instil trust and confidence in the public," he said.

"Ditta has betrayed this trust and attempted to hide behind the veneer of his profession."

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