The comments made by Nick Thomas-Symonds, the Shadow Home Secretary, on 8 February 2021.
This statement confirms many of the worst fears about the impact of this catastrophic data loss.
It comes with no guarantees that the deleted data can be restored, whilst, even in the best case scenario, there will be 3 months during which criminals could walk free due to a dangerous lack of police records. A recent Ministerial letter also confirmed this could impact on international investigations.
We do not trust a Government with this appalling lack of leadership and grip will be able to rectify these huge errors. An independent review is welcome, but Ministers need to take personal responsibility for this huge security breach.