Friday, 3 May 2013

What A Tangled Web

8:45PM BST 01 May 2013

Warwickshire Police 'open justice' row after charged officer not named

"A police force appeared to abandon the concept of open justice tonight when it refused to name a suspect charged with theft after quietly changing its policy.

Warwickshire Police said the policy was “recently” introduced in the wake of the Leveson inquiry into press standards.

Warwickshire Police declined to name a retired officer who was charged with stealing £113,000 from the constabulary's former headquarters in Leek Wooton.

Critics attacked the development, understood to be the first such move by any police force in the country, arguing it undermined the UK's principle of open justice."

02 May 2013

Warwickshire Police revise controversial decision

"Warwickshire Police has revised its position on naming people who have been charged and are due to stand trial and apologised for not naming a former officer accused of theft."

02 May 2013

ACPO position on naming people who have been charged

"We advise forces, working with the CPS, to name those who have been charged

ACPO lead on communications, Chief Constable Andy Trotter, said: “We advise forces, working with the CPS, to name those who have been charged and that position will not change.

“When an individual has been arrested our current guidance is not to name them and we will only release the name for the prevention or detection of crime, or if there is a serious public interest.

“ACPO is working on new guidance to provide clear direction to avoid inconsistencies where some police forces confirm details of an arrested individual if journalists have gathered the information from other sources. “This does not affect what media themselves choose to publish.”"

Stuart Hall - editors point to need for arrested suspects to be named

Why keeping suspects' identities secret is against the public interest 

Warwickshire police blames cuts for naming policy U-turn

Police are in a quandary over the naming of suspects

Leveson adviser attacks 'chilling' secret arrests: Liberties campaigner says police must not withhold names of suspects

If sex offenders are named [they are], victims [complainants] will come forward [they do]

Police are urged to abandon ‘sinister’ secret arrests plan

Politicians' blueprint for Press regulation on hold to give more time for consideration of industry alternative

Naming suspects

Arrested suspects MUST be named says ex-Met chief: Secrecy in the wake of Leveson is not in interest of justice, says Lord Blair

Suspects will be named when charged after review

Cuts blamed for police secrecy

Police should still name charged suspects

Roy Greenslade: Treading a fine line between privacy and the right to know

Arrests - is it possible to publish names without mud sticking?

Anonymity for sex offence suspects?

News: “Secret Arrests” Opinion Poll: Public agrees with Leveson, ACPO and the Judges

Law column: Secret Justice……again


Suspects should have right to anonymity at arrest - Theresa May

Arrest anonymity not simple, says PM David Cameron

'Arrests anonymity' - is it really a denial of press freedom?

Police chiefs prepare to defy Cameron and May by imposing ban on naming suspects

Secret arrest plans in disarray


New plans for secret arrests introduced

The police should not be shielded from scrutiny

Arrested suspects ''should get anonymity''

UK arrest guidelines are a shift towards secrecy

DPP sides with campaign groups over suspect anonymity

Innocent until proven guilty

In defence of the innocent

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