'Details' of serving officers on poster were incorrect and ‘clear attempt to intimidate’, says PSNI

A poster claiming to contain details of serving officers was “inaccurate” and “a clear attempt to intimidate”, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has said.

Sep 4, 2023
By Paul Jacques
Assistant Chief Constable Chris Todd

The poster was placed near a bus shelter in Dungiven on Thursday evening (August 31).

Assistant Chief Constable Chris Todd said: “We are aware that a poster claiming to contain details of three serving officers was placed near a bus shelter on Chapel Road in Dungiven.

“This was a clear attempt to intimidate police officers, staff and their families but police can confirm that the information contained on the poster is incorrect.”

The PSNI said concerns were raised at the weekend by an individual whose personal information was allegedly contained on the poster, but a spokesperson said: “We will not usually discuss the security of individuals but on this occasion, I can confirm that the person raising these concerns has no current or historic links to the Police Service.

“This is one of a number of inaccuracies in the information contained in the poster.”

It comes after an “unprecedented and industrial-scale” data breach on August 8 which resulted in the personal details of 9,483 PSNI officers and staff mistakenly being published online in response to a Freedom of Information request.

Mr Todd said: “We have commenced an investigation into this matter and I appeal to anyone with any information relating to this incident to contact police.

“We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who was travelling through Dungiven and who has any dashcam footage.”

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