Corrupt police officer jailed.
Wednesday 17th December 2014 @ 14:53 by Anna Fletcher
Craig Clark Jason LLOYD Katie Murray
Lyndsey Murray
PICTURED LEFT TO RIGHT: Craig Clarke, Jason Lloyd, Katie Murray and Lyndsey Murray.

A police officer has been jailed for accessing computer systems and passing on confidential information.

Pc Katie Murray, 30, from Droylsden was found guilty of two counts of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office and one count of breaching the Data Protection Act. She was jailed for two years and nine months.

She passed on information to her sister Lyndsey Murray, 33, also from Droylsden, and former partner, 44-year-old Jason Lloyd, Droylsden, both of whom were found guilty of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.

Lloyd was also found guilty of possessing a prohibited firearm and possessing ammunition with intent to endanger life and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Lynsey Murray was jailed for six months.

Lloyd was the head of a crime gang involved in the production of large quantities of cannabis and also pleaded guilty to conspiring to produce cannabis.

His associates Mark Winterbottom, of Rydal Grove, Ashton- U- Lyne was found guilty of conspiracy to produce cannabis and Saicha Dunne, of Denyer Terrace, Dukinfield was found guilty of conspiracy to supply cannabis.

Winterbottom will be sentenced at a later date and Dunne was given an eight month sentence suspended for 18 months and ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

Dale Dickinson of Mill Lane, Reddish in Stockport and Craig Clarke, of Taunton Road, Ashton -U- Lyne, both admitted conspiracy to produce cannabis.

Craig Clarke was also found guilty of two counts of possessing ammunition and was jailed for six years.

Dickinson was given a six month sentence suspended for 18 months, ordered to pay £2000 costs, carry out 250 hours unpaid work and given an 18 month community order.

Lloyd operated a number of businesses from Weir Mill, Stockport, which he used as a base to cultivate vast amounts of cannabis on an industrial scale.

In September 2012, GMP received information that a cannabis ‘grow’ was due to be moved from that location by Lloyd.

Officers attended but no cannabis was located.

At about the same time an investigation began into Katie Murray and the illegal and inappropriate accessing of various police computer systems.

Following an investigation by officers from GMP’s Counter Corruption Unit, in October 2013, police returned to Weir Mill and found 100 immature cannabis plants concealed behind partition walls.

Officers discovered two large scale ventilation units that led to a concealed underground chamber containing a further 62 cannabis plants.

The total estimated yield was 9.65 kg of cannabis. The combined value of the larger cannabis plants was in excess of £100,000 and the plants in the nursery had a potential value of double that.

Lloyd and Clarke were present and arrested. Winterbottom and Dunne were arrested later in the year after both men were charged.

As part of the broader search of the mill, officers searched Lloyd’s car valeting business and discovered a handgun, a 7.65mm calibre self-loading pistol.

Days later Katie Murray, who joined GMP in 2004, was arrested.

An investigation into Katie Murray’s activities found that she had repeatedly accessed police computer systems to pass information to Lloyd and Lindsay Murray, including information about intelligence, criminal incidents and investigations and certain individuals.

She used the systems to get information following the fatal shooting of Mark Short, the manhunt for Dale Cregan and information about the murders of Pc Nicola Hughes and Pc Fiona Bone in September 2012.

She also told Lloyd about the information police received in September 2012 relating to the cannabis grow at Weir Mill and his connection to it.

Assistant Chief Constable Dawn Copley, said: “Katie Murray abused her position in an appalling way, knowingly, wilfully and deliberately accessing and disseminating confidential information.

“That some of this information was passed directly to a known criminal for his own personal gain and insight goes against every vow she made when she swore her oath and joined the police service.

“She also demonstrated significant disregard for her fallen colleagues when, at a time when the force was learning of and coming to terms with the tragic murders of Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone, she should so inexcusably access police logs in order to pass on highly sensitive information to associates.

“Such offending , which brings with it disrepute to the Force, is in stark contrast to the many thousand trusting, committed and hardworking police officers and staff who work for Greater Manchester Police and who will be as appalled by her actions as I am.

“We will be using this case to highlight once again that police officers are not above the law and those involved in criminality will be rooted out and brought to justice.”