Former police constable from Northampton in court accused of accessing database to help gang of alleged drug dealers

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A former constable accused of trawling the Police National Computer to help a gang of alleged drug dealers is to stand trial next month.

Martin McElvenna, 54, from Northampton, is said to have repeatedly accessed the database to provide tip offs for a mob accused of importing Class A drugs into Britain.

McElvenna, a former constable for Thames Valley Police, carried out a string of checks on co-defendant Vaughan Harrington, it is claimed.

He also allegedly searched for personal information including his own vehicle.

The checks are said to have been made at Milton Keynes Police Station in September 2013.

McElvenna was dismissed by the force following a misconduct hearing.

He appeared in the dock alongside eight co-defendants at Southwark Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday).

The former constable has been charged with four counts of misconduct in a public office but did not enter any formal pleas.

Judge Peter Testar ordered all nine men to stand trial on May 27 this year.

McElvenna, of Wilks Walk, Grange Park, Northampton, has been released on bail.