Data errors led to wrongful arrests

Two members of the public were arrested by police and wrongly accused of crimes because officials wrote down the wrong numbers, a watchdog has revealed.

Sir Paul Kennedy, the Interception of Communications Commissioner, said two forces were given the wrong information by a communications service provider (CSP) which led to two people being wrongly detained and accused of crimes last year.

The firm was also slow to report the errors and initially gave unsatisfactory explanations as to how they occurred or what was being done to prevent it happening again, said Sir Paul.