A Cheshire Constabulary employee is due to appear in court next month following an investigation into the alleged unauthorised disclosure of information.
Following an Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) directed investigation, conducted by the National Crime Agency (NCA) on behalf of Cheshire Constabulary, Natalie Mottram has been charged with unauthorised access to computer material and perverting the course of justice.
The 22-year-old was based in Warrington and on secondment to the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit as an intelligence analyst at the time of the alleged offences.
Two members of the public have also been charged with perverting the course of justice, while a charge has been authorised but not yet served in relation to a third.
The alleged offences were identified by the NCA as part of Operation Venetic, the UK law enforcement response to the takedown of encrypted communications platform EncroChat. The NCA made us and Cheshire Constabulary aware and, upon receipt of a referral from the force, we decided that a directed investigation should be carried out. Four people were arrested in June 2020.
The investigation was completed in October 2020 and a file of evidence was passed to the Crown Prosecution Service, which has authorised the charges.
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