Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has written to the Home Secretary seeking assurances for constituents’ safety, after 400,000 criminal data records are ‘lost’ by the Home Office.

News recently broke that 400,000 records have been deleted from the Police National Computer (PNC), which is used to store and share criminal record information across UK police forces.

Data lost includes fingerprints, DNA and arrest histories.

Gwynne’s letter sets out a number of key questions for the Conservative Home Secretary, including, how many people have been affected in the Denton and Reddish constituency, what work is being done with police to identify gaps in the system and what the impact will be on vital safeguarding issues, such as domestic abuse and stalking.

Gwynne also questioned the Policing Minister, Kit Malthouse, on this issue today in the House of Commons.

Andrew Gwynne said:

“This is an absolute fiasco and has the potential to be very damaging.


“If this data is not recovered, there is unfortunately the very real prospect of criminals escaping punishment and victims being denied justice.


“I need urgent assurances that the safety of my constituents has not been compromised by this mess and that steps will be taken urgently to fix this very serious problem.”


Constituency Office Address

Town Hall, Market Street, Denton, M34 2AP

Parliamentary Office Address

House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA