Corrupt police officer and drug gang leader jailed

17/12/2014

A corrupt police officer from Greater Manchester has been jailed for giving information to a large-scale drug dealer.

Manchester Crown Court heard that PC Katie Murray had relayed key information from police data bases to her former partner Jason Lloyd for years.

In a trial that lasted three months, the jury heard that Lloyd produced cannabis on a commercial scale at Weir Mill in Stockport.

Lloyd rented space at the Mill for a number of businesses such as paintballing and car valeting but his key business was producing drugs.

The court heard that Katie Murray supplied him with information from Greater Manchester police data bases about his relatives, his associates, and his criminal rivals.

He used the intelligence and his connection to her as a means of establishing himself as a man of influence in the criminal underworld.

He even bragged about his ability to track down a recording of a tip off to police that Lloyd was about to move drugs out of Weir Mill. The police raided the mill but the drugs were concealed in a sophisticated way and could not be traced.

A raid in October 2013 by the police uncovered 172 cannabis plants at the Mill. The judge, His Honour Judge Foster QC, said that over a 2 year period Lloyd would have made around £500,000 from the cannabis produced.

Lloyd and his associate Craig Clarke were arrested.

Investigations had also begun into PC Katie Murray, who'd had a child with Lloyd several years before.

Examination of telephone bills revealed extensive communication between the two. Many of the communications took place around the same time that she was accessing the police data base and the jury believed that she was passing information to him.

It also emerged that she'd been disclosing confidential information to her sister Lindsay Murray, who had also then passed it on.

The court heard that some of the information passed on related to the criminal activities of Dale Cregan, the man who went on to murder two Greater Manchester police officers in September 2012.

Katie Murray (born 22/04/1984) of Dunkirk Street, Droylsden was jailed for 2 years and 9 months today (17.12.2014) for two counts of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office. She was also convicted of breaching the Data Protection Act, which didn't result in a separate penalty.

Lloyd (born 20/10/1970) of Peregrine Close, Droylsden was jailed for 15 years for conspiring with Katie Murray to commit misconduct, possessing a prohibited firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life and conspiring to produce cannabis.

Murray's sister Lindsay, (born 10/05/1981) of Ruskin Road, Droylsden, was sentenced to 6 months for conspiring with Katie to commit misconduct.

Lloyd's associate Craig Clarke, born (31/07/1981) of Taunton Road, Ashton Under Lyne, was sentenced to 6 years for conspiring to produce cannabis and possession of ammunition.

Dale Dickinson, born (10/06/1982) of Mill Lane, Reddish, Stockport had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce cannabis and was given a sentence of 6 months, suspended for 18 months.

Saicha Dunne, born (23/10/1993) of Denyer Terrace, Dukinfield Dickinson was convicted of conspiring with Lloyd to supply cannabis and was given an  8 months sentence, suspended for 18 months.

Mark Winterbottom, born (14/08/1970) of Rydal Grove, Ashton  Under Lyne was also found guilty of conspiring to produce cannabis and will be sentenced at a later date.

This case was handled by the Complex Casework Unit of Mersey-Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service.

Janet, Potter, head of the unit, said: "Jason Lloyd was the driving force behind this web of criminality.

"He was a large scale drug dealer who used his contact with Katie Murray to increase his power and influence in the criminal underworld.

"Katie Murray claimed she knew nothing about his unlawful activities, that her calls with him were of an innocent nature and that her behaviour as a Police officer was exemplary.

"This could not have been further from the truth.

"The offence of misconduct in a public office erodes the faith placed in the integrity of police officers and the Courts treat it rigorously.

"Although the vast majority of officers meet the expectations of the public, some unfortunately associate with criminals. When this happens, their conduct is thoroughly investigated and prosecuted.

"The Greater Manchester Police Counter Corruption Unit gathered compelling evidence in this case, which convinced the jury of the defendants' guilt.

"All of the guilty defendants in this case had committed serious offences and the sentences they've received reflect that."
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