STAFF at Cheshire West and Chester Council altered records relating to the care and treatment of a disabled man and ‘fundamentally affected’ the course of a High Court case, a judge has said.

A senior support worker – referred to as ‘A’ – and other employees at the council had been subjected to disciplinary proceedings for gross misconduct and dismissed, said Mr Justice Baker.

The judge said records were rewritten after a High Court hearing. He described the misconduct as an ‘extraordinary incident’ and said it had ‘seriously impeded’ the process.

Details of the alterations emerged in a written judgement of a High Court dispute about the care of a 38-year-old disabled man, referred to as ‘P’ by the judge.

Mr Justice Baker said in his judgement that another member of staff had drawn the attention of the council, which is based in Chester, to the alterations.

The council confirmed two staff members were dismissed and others disciplined. The council is appealing the judge’s decision to determine that the treatment of ‘P’ warranted a deprivation of liberty order.