Islington Council gives thugs details of residents who complained about them

16:49 27 April 2012

Islington Town Hall

Islington Town Hall

Archant

The personal details of more than 50 people have been passed onto thugs who they reported for anti-social behaviour and drug taking on their estate.

Islington Council was notified the Information Commissioner yesterday (Thursday) following the massive breach of data protection which has resulted in the logs of calls from residents of the Andover Estate in Holloway – which included the names, street names or block names, and phone numbers where given – inadvertently falling into the hands of 10 members of a group now banned from the estate off Hornsey Road.

The gang, none of whom are from the estate, had been gathering there in recent weeks during the evenings into the early hours, resulting in a string of complaints about loud music, people smoking drugs and verbal abuse.

In light of the blunder, police patrols have now been stepped up around the Andover and Islington Council is in the process of contacting all those affected.

Louise Round, Islington Council’s corporate director of resources, said: “The council prepared legal injunctions against these 13 people, banning them from the estate. The process of serving these injunctions began on Friday, April 20, and 10 have been served.

“A serious mistake has been made in the process, and each of the 10 has been given paperwork they should not have had. This includes a log of all calls reporting anti-social behaviour to the east area housing office during March, with names, phone numbers and street or estate names if they were given. This information should not have been released, and we are extremely sorry that, through an error on our part, it has been disclosed.”

Ms Round continued: “The council is in the process of contacting every single person who is on that list – in total 51 people – to offer our apology and any practical support we can give. This includes additional security measures if they request it. We’re working closely with the police, who are putting extra patrols on the estate to reassure residents and deter any further anti-social behaviour.

“This is a breach of data protection rules, and we have reported the matter to the Information Commissioner. At the leader of the council’s instruction, we will also hold a detailed review of our admin processes to safeguard against this ever happening again.

“We are already taking action to tighten our procedures.”

Have you been affected by this council blunder? If so, let us know your thoughts by emailing us on islingtongazette.news@archant.co.uk or calling us on 020 74336240.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Crime news

Sunday, August 2, 2015
A woman, 35, was found with severe stab wounds before being pronounced dead at the Chelsea address

A woman died from stab wounds early this morning in Chelsea and police have launched a murder investigation.

Friday, July 31, 2015
Thornton Way in Hampstead Garden Suburb

Two women were attacked and made hostages in their own home in a terrifying raid on their Hampstead Garden Suburb house.

Friday, July 31, 2015
One of the men can be seen with a shotgun

This is the terrifying moment a masked gang armed with a shotgun and crowbars broke into a house in Gidea Park – after pulling up in a Porsche.

Thursday, July 30, 2015
Police want to speak this woman after a child was kicked repeatedly (Photo: Metropolitan Police)

Police are hunting for a woman who was seen hurting a young boy in a shop in Wood Green on Saturday February 28.

Thursday, July 30, 2015
Antisemitic crimes have more than doubled in London over the past year (Picture: Getty)

The number of antisemitic hate crimes - including assault, harassment and arson - has more than doubled in London in the space of a year.

Thursday, July 30, 2015
Sebastian Szerer, a senior employee at a hotel, raped a man who came for a job interview (Picture: Met Police)

The former head housekeeper has been jailed for ‘luring’ a man, 25, to a fake interview before raping him in the locked suite of a luxury Westminster hotel.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Get your hands on some fresh trainers!

Need some new shoes to head to work or some new heels for a night on the cobbles? London24 has teamed up with online retailer Sole Trader to offer £100 worth of shoes to one lucky reader.

Read more
Take in the stunning sites of London from the summit of the O2!

Up at The O2 has teamed up with London24 to give one lucky reader the chance to experience urban mountaineering this summer with an exhilarating 90-minute climb across the roof of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Read more
Terrific tea, creamy cakes and splendid sandwiches at Mews of Mayfair.

Celebrate a truly quintessentially British tradition with the chance of winning a luxurious Afternoon Tea for two people at Mews of Mayfair, complete with a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne.

Read more