Retrial for Peterborough PCSO accused of passing on confidential police information after jury cannot reach verdict

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A jury failed to reach a verdict in the case of a Community Support Officer who was on trial accused of passing confidential police information on to a drug dealer he met at a gym.

It means PCSO Gurpal Shehri, 27, will now face a retrial at a date to be fixed.

At St Albans crown court today (Friday, July 3), the jury in the case said that after five and half hours of deliberation they could not reach a verdict and there was no chance of doing so even if they were given more time.

They were discharged from deliberating any futher.

PCSO Shehri, of Glinton Road, Milking Nook, Peterborough, had pleaded not guilty to misconduct in a public office between 1 April and 9 July 2013.

He was accused of divulging police intelligence to Selwyn Carter, who he worked out with at the Fitness Station in Dogsthorpe, Peterborough.

But the officer told the jury of 4 women and 8 men at St Albans crown court that he was building an “intelligence package” on Carter.

The married PCSO denied having an agreement with Carter to check police computers and pass on any useful information.

He was asked why he and Selwyn Carter had exchanged text messages around the time he was looking at his details and those of associates on the computer. He replied: “I was putting an intelligence package together. I was not in an agreement with Selwyn Carter,” he said.

Earlier prosecutor Richard Burrington said it was not known what Shehri got for passing on protected and sensitive information about police operations and intelligence to 28-year-old Selwyn Carter.

He said: “Selwyn Carter has a significant criminal record. He is suspected to be involved in criminal enterprises. The defendant decided to be friends with him. They swapped contact details and let each other know when they were going to the gym.”

The prosecutor said: “As this defendant was employed as a PCSO by Cambridgeshire Constabulary, he was given access to police data records.

“He used his access to gather information which he passed on to Selwyn Carter, a convicted criminal, who he himself described as being a nasty piece of work from London who was into violence and drugs.

“He would access records, note it down and would contact Selwyn Carter as he accessed the information which was of interest to Carter because it contained information about criminal operations.”

The officer was granted bail.