Council assesses missing documents

LOIS CAIRNS
Last updated 05:00 08/08/2014

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The Christchurch City Council is working to identify how many of the 50,000 files it had stored in the Lichfield St parking building are missing.

Hundreds of documents containing residents' personal information were discovered around the Re:Start mall last week after a locked room in the Christchurch City Council's quake-damaged Lichfield St parking building was broken into.

Most of the documents were old parking infringement notices but some had personal medical information and bankruptcy details attached to them.

The council has laid a complaint with the police about the break-in.

Council chief executive Dr Karleen Edwards said about 700 files had been handed into the council since the incident.

"Approximately 50,000 files were stored in this secured room and the remaining files located in the Lichfield St carpark have been removed and we are undergoing a review of the documents we hold, and those handed to the council, to identify any gaps in information or documents held," Edwards said in a briefing paper for councillors.

"Following this review we will be destroying those documents we no longer are legally required to hold as public records."

Edwards said footage from nearby crime cameras was unlikely to help police identify those responsible for the break-in.

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