By Ruth Elkins
12 August 2007
Police chiefs have launched a major investigation after the theft of a
computer database containing thousands of top-secret mobile phone
records from terrorism and organised crime investigations.
Scotland Yard is concerned that crucial evidence from undercover
investigations could be lost forever or has found its way into "the
wrong hands" after the computer and other IT equipment disappeared from
a private firm in Sevenoaks, Kent, last Monday night after a break-in.
Forensic Telecommunications Services, whose clients include Scotland
Yard, The Police Service of Northern Ireland, HM Revenue and Customs and
the Crown Prosecution Service, specialises in tapping mobile phone calls
made by criminal suspects. The stolen security-protected server
contained the minutiae of phone calls it had screened, including the
identity of the person who had made the call, as well as the exact time
and location of the suspect when the call was made.
In a statement released to The Mail on Sunday, Forensic
Telecommunications Services confirmed that the equipment had been stolen
from its offices but denied that its disappearance would impact
negatively on current police cases.
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