Dodgy cop sent bodycam murder scene video to wife and slagged off mum of 'assaulted toddler'

-Credit: (Image: Manchester Evening News)
-Credit: (Image: Manchester Evening News)


A dodgy cop who recorded bodycam footage of a murder scene before sending it to his wife has been jailed.

Cameron Lee Hanson, 33, also made derogatory comments about the mother of a toddler who had potentially been assaulted. He later sent an image of the child to his partner Kirstie Hanson, also 33.

Mr Hanson used to work as a response constable in Lancashire Constabulary's East Division before resigning while under investigation. Kirstie Hanson was also a member of police staff in the same division.

She also resigned while under investigation.

The pair appeared at Manchester Crown Court today (May 30) alongside a third defendant, former member of Lancashire Constabulary staff Charlotte Riley, 30.

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On November 2, 2021, officers from the force's Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) were made aware of a video on the mobile phone of Mrs Hanson which had been recorded at the scene of a murder in Pendle.

Enquiries found that the video was on the mobile phones of Mr Hanson and Riley. Within 90 minutes all phones had been seized.

The coupe were immediately suspended from the force -Credit:Manchester Evening News
The coupe were immediately suspended from the force -Credit:Manchester Evening News

The Hansons, of Packington Brook, Oswaldtwistle, were arrested later the same day and immediately suspended from duty while further enquiries were conducted. Riley, of Carholme Avenue, Burnley, was arrested in February 2022 following further enquiries which identified offending on her behalf.

Today, Cameron Hanson was jailed for 32 months; Kirstie Hanson was sentenced to 18 months custody; and Charlotte Riley was given a two-year suspended custodial sentence

An internal investigation found Mr Hanson also accessed police computer systems to look up crime incidents without having any policing purpose to do so. He recorded body-worn footage onto his personal mobile phone of incidents he attended and then forwarding them onto Mrs Hanson.

Charlotte Riley
Charlotte Riley -Credit:Manchester Evening News

This included an incident where a man had been murdered in Pendle, which Mrs Hanson later forwarded onto Riley; and an incident where he deployed his PAVA.

He also took photographs at crime scenes and forwarded them to Mrs Hanson. This included an incident where a man had died in non-suspicious circumstances. Mrs Hanson then forwarded that image onto a civilian contact in her phone and they speculated about whether the man’s death was suspicious.

DCI Eugene Swift, from Lancashire police ACU, said: “The behaviour of these three individuals has no place in Lancashire Constabulary and damages public confidence and trust in the police at both a local and national level. When the existence of these videos first came to light we moved quickly to secure the phones and ensure no further offending could take place. A pro-active investigation was then launched, which identified further serious offending.

“My thoughts are with the victims of this offending and I hope today’s outcome will give them some sense of justice.

“I want to be clear that the overwhelming majority of police officers and police staff in Lancashire are law abiding, respectful and go to work to make a difference in the communities in which they serve. Where there is any evidence of wrongdoing by an officer or staff member, the ACU will carry out a proactive and robust investigation – as demonstrated in this case – and work with the Crown Prosecution Service to take the appropriate action.”

Mr Hanson pleaded guilty to seven counts of misconduct in public office: and two counts of causing a computer to perform a function to secure/enable unauthorised access to a program/ data. He was added to the Barred List and will face gross misconduct proceedings in due course.

Mrs Hanson pleaded guilty to eight counts of misconduct in public office; three counts of conspiring to cause a computer to perform a function to secure/enable unauthorised access to a program/ data; and one count of knowingly/recklessly obtaining or disclosing personal data without the consent of the controller.

Riley admitted three counts of misconduct in public office; and three counts of conspiracy to cause a computer to perform a function to secure/enable unauthorised access to a program/ data.

Deputy Chief Constable Sam Mackenzie said: “This case will understandably leave the public feeling concerned and I know both serving and retired officers and police staff will be left feeling appalled and let down by the behaviour of these three individuals.

“For Lancashire Constabulary, one instance is one too many and detracts from the hard work and commitment to protecting the public that our police officers and staff demonstrate on a daily basis.

“Our anti-corruption unit within our Professional Standards Department is proactively working to identify anyone – no matter role or rank - who chooses to engage in such deplorable behaviour which is completely incompatible with the values and standards of this force. Where such conduct is clearly demonstrated those offenders will lose the privilege of working for Lancashire Police and we will work closely with the Crown Prosecution Service to put those individuals before the courts.”