A POLICE were under investigation after giving pictures of notorious children to railroad workers.
A British Transport Police (BTP) officer created the wanted poster, which includes mug shots of 30 children known to authorities in the West Sussex region to help “protect and prevent crime”.
It comes as we launch an investigation into a spate of juvenile delinquency near stations on the Worthing line from Goring to Hove.
The poster was hung in a Southern Rail office, where photos were taken and distributed, including to The Argus. We blacked out 28 of the faces as their identities are protected by law.
BTP referred to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after admitting it was “inappropriate” to give the posters to railway workers.
A spokeswoman for BTP said: “We can confirm that an internal inquiry has been launched into a document showing a number of youths known to police in the West Sussex area.
“This was prepared by an officer and made available to the local train company to support their protection and crime prevention efforts. It was then copied and shared.
“We acknowledged that this was inappropriate and referred us to the Office of the Information Commissioner.
“Our own investigations continue, together with our rail partners, to determine the full circumstances of what happened.”
The ICO advised the force on data protection and took no further action.
An ICO spokeswoman said: “UK Transport Police have brought an incident to our attention.
“After carefully considering the information provided, we have provided the British Transport Police with data protection advice and recommendations and have closed the case with no further action.”
A Southern Rail spokeswoman said: “We are working with the UK Transport Police to assist in the investigation into this matter.”
The poster shows George Tilley, 15, and his brother Archie, 16, who crushed 47-year-old Alan Williamson’s skull, leaving him with permanent brain damage, after hitting him with logs in Longcroft Park, Worthing last year.
The two boys were crossed out and “12 years” written under their pictures, the sentences they received in July.
The other children, 14 girls and 14 boys, cannot be disclosed due to reporting restrictions under Section 49 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933.
The law automatically restricts the reporting of information that identifies or could identify persons under the age of 18 involved in juvenile court proceedings as a victim, witness or defendant.
This is because, according to the Crown Prosecution Service, “the public identification of children and young people is irreversible and can cause both immediate and long-term harm and harm.”
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