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    the citizen wrote:
    Regardless of the success or not of the charge it is NOT necessary publish his address. What about the safety and anonymity for his family? If this leads to some action of revenge will the Echo take responsibility? Worse activity than this by others has not led to this level of disclosure.
    I agree to a certain extent. Anybody accused of any crime should not have their address, or even their identity, released until proven guilty UNLESS it is in the public interest to do so. Is, in this case, publishing where he lives in the public interest? I, too, am not so sure it is.
    To publish the identity of the accused will forever stigmatise said person even if they are found to be innocent. After all, there will always be the "no smoke without fire" nutters in society who will never be bothered to find out where the actual fire is.
    I am not saying this police constable is innocent but he should at least, at this time, be afforded some anonymity as if he were. His identity, beyond what the public are entitled to know, as an employed police constable, should not be disclosed beyond his name, rank and number and where he is stationed."
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Rayleigh police officer in court ‘for misusing police data’

Officer in court ‘for misusing police data’

Officer in court ‘for misusing police data’

First published in News

A SOUTH Essex policeman has appeared in court, accused of abusing police computer systems for his own ends.

PC Stephen Tilley, 36, of Millview Meadows, Rochford, who is based at Rayleigh police station, appeared before Chelmsford magistrates on Wednesday, charged with misconduct in a public office.

He is accused of making personal use of information he got from police computer systems between May 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013.

During the short court appearance, Tilley, who wore a grey shirt and black trousers, did not enter a plea. The case was adjourned until August 18, when he is due before Chelmsford Crown Court.

An Essex Police spokesman said: “Stephen Tilley has been suspended from duty and he is going through the courts process.

“His future won’t be decided until after the court case has concluded.

“He was suspended in July 2013 from his role as a police constable based in Rayleigh.”

A spokesman for the Independent Police Complaints Commission confirmed it was supervising the Essex Police investigation.

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