Woolgar v Chief Constable of the Sussex Police and another [1999] 3 All ER 604 (CA)

If police came into possession of confidential information, which in their reasonable view, in the interests of public health or safety, should be considered by a professional or regulatory body, then they were free to pass that information to the regulatory body, whether it had been requested or not.

In each case a balance had to be struck between competing public interests, and the reasonableness of the police view might be open to challenge. If the police refused to disclose following a request, the regulatory body could make an application to the court. If the police were minded to disclose, they should normally inform the person affected in such time as to enable him, if so advised, to seek assistance from the court.

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