Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Public Notification, Public Interest And Incompetence

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."


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