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28 July 2011, 10:57
Investigations are underway in Oldham after thieves stole a memory stick from a serving police officers home.
Greater Manchester Police have told us the stick contains sensitive information about on-going police operations.
It was taken during a burglary at the home of the officer on July 17.
The force said a dedicated team of officers is working to identify the burglars and recover the storage device.
Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan said GMP had contacted one member of the public whose personal details were among the information on the memory stick. He added:
'I want to reassure residents across Greater Manchester that we are taking this incredibly seriously and we are working hard to both identify who was responsible for the burglary and recover the stolen memory stick.
'I want to stress that we do not believe the officer's home was deliberately targeted, but that this was an opportunistic burglary.
'I also want to make it clear that any suggestion this memory stick contained lists of names of people who 'tipped off' police is inaccurate.'
GMP is appealing to anyone who finds the red and orange memory stick to call police immediately or hand it in to their nearest police station.
A black Volkswagen Gold, registration number MJ58 JVX, was stolen during the burglary and police are appealing to anyone who knows of its whereabouts to come forward.
Mr Shewan said the force was conducting a review of how sensitive information is stored.