Police lost 20,000 stop-search records after ‘wrong button pressed’


The admission came as senior officers appeared before a committee of MSPs at Holyrood.  Among them was Chief Constable Sir Stephen House, who apologised for giving incorrect information to the police watchdog over stop and search statistics.  He was referring to comments made to the Scottish Police Authority.

Assistant Chief Constable Wayne Mawson told the committee that a total of 20,086 records had been lost because a “computer programmer pressed the wrong button between May and July last year”.

Either the data backup process needs er… review or they are lying.  I wonder which it is.