22 October 2013
Police blunder sees Oxford Mail and BBC identify wrong man as rapist
"The BBC and a regional newspaper illustrated a court case of a man pleading to rape and firearms charges with a photograph of the wrong man after it was supplied to them by the local police force.
Thames Valley police issued the photograph purporting to be DR of [redacted] Kidlington, Oxfordshire, following the hearing at Oxford Crown Court last week.
The BBC website and the Oxford Mail carried a report of the court case and illustrated it with the police-supplied photograph. However the man in the photograph was not the R involved in the case.
The image was of a man with a similar name from South Wales, not connected in any way with the rape or firearms charges."