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Woman charged over attempt to identify people under PSNI witness protection

The 32-year-old woman worked for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

OFFICERS FROM THE PSNI’s serious crime branch have charged a 32-year-old woman with collecting information likely to be useful to terrorists and misconduct in public office.

The woman was arrested yesterday in Belfast and worked for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

The charges relate to information she allegedly obtained during her work in an attempt to identify people who are under the PSNI’s witness protection scheme.

Under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005, it is an offence to disclose the identities of people who are subject to protection arrangements.

She will appear at Laganside Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

A second woman, 28, who was also arrested yesterday has been released pending further inquiries.

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