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Two held over BNP membership leak

Two held over BNP membership leak
Two held over BNP membership leak 

By Angela Balakrishnan and agencies
December 5 2008

Police have arrested two people in Nottinghamshire over the leak of the 
BNP membership list on the internet.

The arrests came as part of an investigation by the Welsh police, who 
are in charge of the case, and the information commissioner's office.

Police said the pair, who have not been named, were held in connection 
with alleged offences under the Data Protection Act.

A spokesman for Dyfed Powys police said: "We can confirm that last night 
Nottinghamshire police arrested two people as part of a joint 
investigation with Dyfed Powys police and the information commissioner's 
office in conjunction with alleged criminal offences under the Data 
Protection Act.

"The arrests followed an investigation into a complaint received about 
the unauthorised release of the BNP party membership list."

The revelation of the party's 13,500-strong membership list last month 
caused an uproar after thousands of people were identified as supporters 
of the far right. The exposure left many facing the risk of dismissal 
from work, disciplinary action or vilification.


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