Former cop accused of computer misconduct

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A Milton Keynes police officer allegedly trawled the police national computer to access confidential information, a court heard this week.

Martin McElvenna is accused of using the PNC to carry out person checks on a man called Vaughan Harrison.

The alleged offences happened between July 2012 and March this year.

They relate to the alleged “inappropriate use of the PNC for non-policing purposes,” say police.

Mr McElvenna, who is 54 and lives in Northampton, had served as a constable in Milton Keynes for many years.

He was dismissed by Thames Valley Police earlier this month after an internal misconduct hearing.

He appeared this week at Westminster Magistrates’ Court formally charged with two counts of misconduct in a public office.

He spoke only to confirm his name and address.

He will now be committed to Southwark Crown Court for a hearing.

It is usual practice for police to arrange trials of officers in courts some distance away from the area in which they served.

Mr McElvenna has not yet entered a plea for the charges He has been released on bail.