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Notebook theft leaks London police payroll data

Burglars take three laptops with details of payroll and pensions of employees of London's Metropolitan Police.

Three laptops containing payroll details for London's Metropolitan Police have been stolen from LogicaCMG, a British IT services company. The burglary took place on Thursday evening, but was discovered by staff at Logica's London offices on Friday morning. Approximately half of the Metropolitan Police's employees are thought to have been affected. The police force is in the process of notifying its workers of the theft.

Logica processes the Metropolitan Police payroll and pensions. The Metropolitan Police declined to comment on exactly what details had been stolen, or confirm how many employees had been affected, because of the ongoing investigation. Sources close to the inquiry claimed that the laptops contained the payroll and pension details of more than 15,000 Metropolitan Police officers.

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Tom Espiner reported for ZDNet UK from London.